The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) will advertise the recruitment of contract agents in all 23 EU official languages, after the EU’s General Court ruled that it had discriminated against some candidates. In March 2007, EPSO, which is responsible for drawing up lists of candidates for jobs in the EU institutions, advertised on its website for applications for contract agent posts. The advertisement appeared only in the EU’s three working languages: English, French and German. The Italian government lodged a complaint with the court, seeking cancellation of the call on the grounds that Italians were disadvantaged by this announcement. The court upheld Italy’s complaint on 3 February. Uncertainties The challenge has created uncertainty for both successful and unsuccessful candidates who responded to the March 2007 advertisement. A spokesman for Maroš Šefcovic, the European commissioner for administration, said that the ruling would have “no consequences” for successful candidates who had responded to the 2007 call. According to an official statement, undoing their appointment as contract staff would be “disproportionately prejudicial” to their interests as it would require reversing a decision to appoint them. The ruling by the court would not affect unsuccessful candidates either, the Commission said, since they will not be able to appeal. EPSO has already started to advertise for applications for contract agent posts in all 23 languages. However, EPSO will continue to publish the job specifications in only the three working languages, as candidates are expected to have a satisfactory knowledge of two of them.
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Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club presented the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department with the 2017 Sponsor of the Year Award at an Optimist Club breakfast meeting held on February 14.The award was given in appreciation of the Department’s outstanding commitment to the support of children in the community.Ellen Schnackel, right, accepts the Optimist Club Award from club president Barrie Armstrong. (City of Farmington Hills)The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club is part of Optimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization with 2,900 clubs and almost 87,000 members in more than 35 nations throughout the world. The organization’s mission is to conduct positive service programs that provide a helping hand to youth and “bring out the best in kids.”In presenting the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Optimist Club acknowledged that it could not provide its important community programs without the vital support of the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department.“By partnering with the Special Services Department, Optimist Club members make great use of their time and talent while making a positive impact on the community,” said Optimist Club President Barrie Armstrong.The Optimist Club and the Special Services Department work together to present these annual programs:Inside OutTeam Building – Junior Optimist TrainingGreat Farmington Hills CampoutProject Fish – Annual Fishing Day at the Carpenter Lake Nature PreserveAdvanced Junior Naturalist Program at the Farmington Hills Nature Center“We appreciate the generous support and donations from the Optimist Club,” said Ellen Schnackel. “Their members help to facilitate successful and affordable programs that promote enjoyment of the outdoors for local youth and their families.”–Press release Reported by