EU Commission seeks new member for Regulatory Scrutiny Board

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The European Commission is looking for a professional with at least 15 years of relevant experience to join its Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) for a fixed three-year term.

The RSB, which is composed of six members and a chair person, checks the quality of impact assessments for new regulations and carries out fitness checks and evaluations of existing legislation.

It was created as part of the Better Regulation Agenda adopted in May 2015, and started operating on 1 July last year.

The Commission has been recruiting board members over the last few months and to complete the team, the it is seeking to appoint a temporary agent for a non-renewable period of three years.

The ideal candidate should have specific expertise in one or more of the following fields: macroeconomics, microeconomics; social policy; and environment policy.

He or she should also have “proven knowledge and competence in the field of regulatory policy, impact assessment or ex post evaluation processes and methodologies”; “very good knowledge of EU policies and of EU decision-making processes”; “strong analytical skills with a very good capacity for strategic thinking”; and a “very good capacity to organise, coordinate and manage tasks and work relations.”

Applicants should have “excellent oral and written communication skills in order to liaise, communicate and cooperate efficiently and fluently with internal and external stakeholders.”

Candidates must be a citizen of one of the EU member states; speak at least two official EU languages; have a university degree and at least 15 years’ postgraduate professional experience.

In March, the Commission appointed Anne Bucher, who had been working at the Commission since 1983, as chair of the RSB.

Bucher, a French national, became a director in 2008 and was acting deputy director-general in the Commission’s Economics and Finance department from July 2015.

The board has more powers than the the Commission’s previous in-house Impact Assessment Board (IAB), which the RBS replaced.

The Commission specifies that “in principle, a positive opinion is needed from the RBS for an initiative accompanied by an impact assessment to be tabled for adoption by the Commission,” which means that it is able to stop a proposal if the quality of its impact assessment is not satisfactory enough – which the IAB could not do.

Applications for the RBS role close on 1 July. Click here for more information.


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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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