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EU Institutions: Manpower

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what percentage of the staff of (a) European Union agencies, (b) the Council of the European Union, (c) the European Parliament and (d) the European Commission were UK nationals in each year since 1997; (270837)

(2) what percentage of new recruits to the staff of (a) European Union agencies, (b) the Council of the European Union, (c) the European Parliament and (d) the European Commission were UK nationals in each year since 1997;

(3) what percentage of the staff of (a) the European Parliament, (b) the Council of the European Union, (c) European Union agencies and (d) the European Commission (i) in total and (ii) above grade 14 are UK nationals.

The information required to respond to the first three parts of these parliamentary questions is owned by each EU institution, and it is more appropriate for the institution in question to be approached with any questions on the make-up of their own staff. The European Commission publish their staffing figures annually on the Europa Website:

http://ec.europa.eu/civil_service/about/figures/index_en.htm

The Government are clear that it is in the EU and UK’s interests to have successful UK candidates working at the heart of the EU’s institutions.