AST careers blocking



Welcome on our webpage dedicated to AST careers blocking

Background :


In 2014 the staff regulations reform introduced a new official's category, namely "Senior assistant" which correspond to the AST10 and AST11 grades of the assistant function group.

The duties of this new category are briefly describe in the annex1 of the staff regulations:



On the other hand, the article 45 of the staff regulations says that: "officials may only be promoted if they occupy a post which corresponds to one of the types of posts set out in Annex I, Section A, for the next higher grade".

To be clear, to be promoted from grade AST9 to grade AST10 you have to hold a post which correspond to this grade. Otherwise, you will be blocked to grade AST9 for the rest of your career.

What should have happen next?


Our employer (DG HR) should have start negotiations with the representatives "Organisations syndicales ou professionnelles (OSP)" on general implementations procedures (GIPs) in order to define rules for the staff regulations above texts application. Up to date not a single GIP has been negotiated about this subject.

Meanwhile, instead of GIPs negotiations, on 24, September 2014, DG HR sent a note to all resource directors of the Commission describing a decision about new types of posts implementation. What does this note says?

1) A Transitional measure describing a new type of post "Senior Assistant in transition" has been put in place for those already in grades AST 10 - AST 11 on 01/01/2014. Indeed, according to staff regulations, these colleagues cannot be assigned to an AST 1-9 post any longer. Thus, during the time some "Senior Assistants" post can be found for them, they will be "Senior Assistant in transition".

2) Each Directorate General will be able to publish the "Senior Assistants" posts within a fixed quota per DG. What are these quotas? We sorted for you by DG the total amount of "Senior Assistants" posts published at the end of 2014 and which will consequently be used for 2014 promotions. There are 56 of them for the whole Commission all places taken together.

How to do for publishing these posts?


DG HR also wrote guidelines for publishing these posts in sysper. As you can imagine, the small annex1 of the staff regulations text is not sufficient for publishing senior assistants posts. Well; here is detailed description of what is expected from such colleagues:



What's happen next?

1) DG creates a Senior Assistant post upon availability of Senior Assistant quotas. With the hereunder description:

       Type of Post of the Job: "Senior Assistant"

       Job Type: "Senior Assistant"

2) DG creates in Sysper a Job Description reflecting the required high degree of autonomy and responsibilities in terms of staff management, budget implementation or political coordination. DG also drafts a vacancy notice for this job in Sysper.

       Position in the job description: "Senior Assistant" or "Senior Team Leader"

Who is eligible?


1) ASTs with Type of Post of the Person = "Assistant"" in grade AST 9. Moving to a "Senior Assistant" job will in this case mean change of the type of post of the person into "Senior Assistant" and promotion to AST 10. No possibility to return to "Assistant" jobs in the future (limited mobility perspectives).

2) ASTs with Type of Post of the Person = "Assistant in transition" in grade AST 9. Moving to a "Senior Assistant" job will in this case mean exit from transition and change of the type of post of the person into "Senior Assistant" and promotion to AST 10. No possibility to return to "Assistant" jobs in the future.

3) ASTs with type of post of the person: "Senior Assistant in transition" (AST 10 or AST 11). Moving to a "Senior Assistant" job will in this case mean exit from transition and change of the type of post of the person into "Senior Assistant" with no possibility to return to "Assistant" jobs in the future.

4) ASTs with type of post of the person: "Senior Assistant" (AST 10 or AST 11). Transfer with no change in type of post.

NB: Whether selected to a Senior Assistant post or not, an AST 10 official still has the possibility to be promoted to AST 11 (Thanks Boss).

The selection


It takes place inside the Directorate General. The staff representatives are not invited to assist to the selection panels, perhaps to avoid too much transparency. Concerning this subject every colleague who would like to make any comment is welcomed to do it by writing us at this address:


The quotas?


This is probably the most demoralizing part of this file. According to annex I.B of the staff regulations, it is foreseen a maximum annual rate of 8 % of the whole AST 9 population for "Assistant" to "Senior assistant" promotion, i.e. 56 posts for 2014. We sorted them by DG in this document. In the long run, the "Senior assistant" population should not be over 5 % of the whole AST population, i.e. more or less 300 posts.

Given that there are 700 AST 9 at the Commission in 2014 (56*100/8) and that there are only 56 who can be promoted, it means for these colleagues that they will have to wait 12 years in the worst case to be promoted.

It is not easy to know if "Senior assistant" colleagues who leave for retirement each year will balance the AST 8 colleagues yearly promoted to AST 9.

As a matter of fact, many AST 9 colleagues will never be promoted.

This decision is probably the most unfair which has ever been taken by the Commission, but how to fight it?

A collective plea has been released to the TFP court. We will keep you inform about the judgment outcome.

What are the other ways for protesting?


It has to be known that many ex B category colleagues, who are now AST 9 or 8, are employed on key posts at the Commission. By unifying us, and by thinking of the possibilities we have to block one or another department or Directorate General, by using legal means of course, a targeted strike for example, we could have a chance to make our administration yield.

For all those who have ideas about this and who think we should form a collective, you can write us to this address:


Please forward this web page to every colleague who could be interested, according to the number of answers we will receive, we will take or not the decision to gather us and form a collective.