The Impact Reform of the Staff Regulations in Making the Commission a More Modern and Efficient Organisation: An Insider's Perspective

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EPIAScope, Vol: 2003, Issue: 3, Page: 2-9

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Janet Coull; Charlie. Lewis
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[Introduction]. The European Commission is an administratively well established organisation, starting as it did in 1957 with the involvement of just six Member States and now looking towards its fifth accession wave in May 2004, which will take it to 25 Member States. Unlike most domestic administrations the Commission has grown massively both in terms of size and responsibilities over the past five decades. The volume of financial transactions in which the Commission has been involved, for example, increased from a few thousand per year in the 1960s, to 60,000 by the late 1980s, to 620,000 by the late 1990s, and now easily surpasses 1,000,000 transactions per year. However, despite the scale of change, the Commission’s organisational systems underwent very few changes over the years, and human resource policies, developed in the 1950s and 1960s for a much smaller institution, hardly altered.