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The European diplomatic service refuses in a very open way

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) The European diplomatic service strives for total transparency… including for recruitment. 🙂

Several dozen candidates rejected for the latest positions opened by the European diplomatic service have just received a missive by email, which is strange to say the least. The message – signed on behalf of Patrick Child, the recruitment officer at the EEAS – begins classically “ Thank you for your applications for the abovementioned posts. The selection procedures for these posts have now been finalized, and I regret to inform you that you were not successful on this occasion. We appreciate the time you invested in your applications and encourage you to apply in the future for EEAS posts for which you qualify. » And this time we won't be able to blame him for playing “secret”. Everyone was able to be informed (*).

In fact, each of the candidates received a copy of all the letters addressed to all those who failed. Everyone was thus able to discover not only that the message was indeed standard, with no slightly personalized accompanying words – which is not very “fair play” – but also to discover who had applied for the other positions. We thus find – in this email which B2 was able to consult – well-known names of diplomats from most Member States (Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Romania, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovenia, etc.) such as internally (EEAS or European Commission, Council). Which is logical since these are the three recruitment routes currently authorized.

Without judging the legality of the process – with all the questions in particular on data protection – we can wonder how we arrive at such a loss of confidentiality which is usually the rule for such recruitments. The automaticity was such that certain diplomats who were ultimately appointed still received the same negative missive (because they had applied for other positions).

With such a device, there is no need to use a spying device... the EEAS does it alone!

(*) some candidates never receive a response…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).