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The European Commission approved a Communication on December 11 on the =administrative reform of a unified External Relations Service, in order =to improve the functioning of this structure in accordance with the =general process of internal administrative reform within the EU =executive. The Commission recommends the consolidation of the External =Relations Service to create a genuinely unified service. One of the =weaknesses of the current system is the administrative scattering of =officials among delegations that answer to different =Directorates-General, External Trade, Development, Enlargement or =External Relations. The report proposes grouping together all staff in =delegations under the authority of DG Relex from January 1, 2002.Regarding the allocation of delegation posts, the Commission proposes =introducing calls for expressions of interest for each rotation, open to =all staff but granting priority to DG Relex officials: candidacies from =other services would only be examined where a post cannot be filled by a =Relex official.In addition to staff careers, the report also looks to...

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