Attestation procedure - Parliament


Attestation procedure - Parliament

Opinion of 26 April 2007 on a notification for prior checking on the attestation procedure (Case 2007-110)

The EDPS prior checked the attestation procedure of the European Parliament. Officials in service before 1 May 2004 in categories C and D are in a career stream allowing promotion only up to grade AST 7 and 5, respectively. Once they are 'attested', they can be promoted without any restriction up to grade AST 11. The attestation procedure involves analysis of formal criteria (e.g. seniority) but also evaluation of the officials' conduct and their professional experience, along with personal aspects of the official. The procedure has to be prior checked by the EDPS on this ground.

In his prior checking opinion the EDPS found that the procedure as implemented by the European Parliament is in general in compliance with the provision of the Regulation EC No 45/2001. The EDPS nevertheless made some recommendations, especially on the retention period of data and on the right of access to documents processed in the framework of the attestation procedure.

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