Friday 27 February 2009

European Parliament: MEPs’ assistants

The so called Assistants’ Statute has now been published. Officially it is Council Regulation (EC) No 160/2009 of 23 February 2009 amending the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities; Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 27.2.2009 L 55/1.

The Regulation enters into force after the European elections in June 2009. It lays down basic rules on ‘accredited parliamentary assistants’, employed at one of the European Parliament's three places of work under the specific legal arrangements adopted on the basis of Article 283 of the Treaty and whose contracts are concluded and administered directly by the European Parliament. These assistants will be employed directly by the European Parliament.

The European Parliament will adopt implementing rules.

Local assistants will still work on contracts concluded according to the applicable national laws, but subject to the implementing provisions to be issued.

Ralf Grahn

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