Co-ordinated organisations

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The expression Co-ordinated Organisations refers to several international organisations that have a common system of remuneration and pensions, and who are members of the Co-ordination System.

List of Co-ordinated Organisations[edit]

There are currently six members of the Co-ordinated Organisations. On the 31 March 2010, the Western European Union was dissolved by the ten member countries and its competences were transferred to the European Union. EUMETSAT joined Co-ordination on 1st July 2012.

Role of Co-ordination[edit]

The Co-ordinated Organisation system includes three different Committees:

  • The Co-ordinating Committee on Remuneration (CCR),
  • The Committee of Representatives of the Secretaries/ Directors General (CRSG),
  • The Committee of Staff Representatives (CRP).

The three committees meet separately, as well as in bilateral and tripartite meetings.

The main role of the CCR is advisory and is to make recommendations on remuneration and pension-related matters to Councils of the Co-ordinated Organisations. Although all member countries of each organisation may participate in the Committee, many choose for different reasons not to do so. Representatives generally come from the respective governments' Finance, Interior or Foreign Ministries, or from national delegations to one of the Co-ordinated Organisations (see below).

The CRSG is composed of the Heads of Administration of the different organisations or of their representatives in charge of remuneration matters. The CRSG prepares proposals and documents on remuneration and pensions for discussion in tripartite, bilateral or individual meetings of the committees.

The CRP includes staff of the different organisations and are represented at tripartite meetings with the CCR and the CRSG. The CRP has a consultative role.

The principle aim of the Co-ordination system is to provide recommendations on issues concerning salaries and allowances to the Governing bodies of the Co-ordinated Organisations, in order to remove separate detailed discussions on these issues from each of them, as well as from their budget committees. These recommendations concern particularly:

  • Basic salary scales, and the method of their adjustment, for all categories of staff and for all member countries where there are active staff or recipients of a pension;
  • Pension Scheme Rules;

They also provide recommendations concerning the function, amount and the method of adjustment of the:

  • Expatriation allowance,
  • Household allowance,
  • Installation allowance,
  • Dependant's allowance,
  • Daily subsistence allowance,
  • Kilometric allowance,
  • Expatriated child allowance,
  • Education allowance,
  • Allowance for a handicapped child.

The Co-ordinated Organisations have technical support section based in Paris at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: the International Service for Remunerations and Pensions (ISRP).

The ISRP is responsible for the management and review of all matters pertaining to the remuneration of staff and the Pension Scheme common to the Co-ordinated Organisations. The Service is made up of four Units, whose functions revolve around four key activities:

  • pensions administration;
  • studies and analysis;
  • the management of pension reserve funds; and
  • overseeing the secretariat of the statutory consultation bodies of the Co-ordinated Organisations.

There are also 25 non co-ordinated international organisations employing over 13 000 staff members which either apply the Co-ordinated scales, or follow them closely.

Linguistic rules of the Co-ordinated Organisations[edit]

Source: "Rapport d'Information déposé par la délégation de l'Assemblée Nationale pour l'Union Européenne sur la diversité linguistique", of Michel Herbillon, member of the French National Assembly.

Organisation Official languages Recognized Working languages Most used language(s)
Council of Europe English, French English, French, German, Italian, Russian English
ECMWF[8] English, French, German English, French, German English
ESA[9] English, French English, French English
EUMETSAT[10] English, French English, French English
NATO English, French[Note 1] English, French English
OECD English, French English, French English

Other non-member institutions that observe similar rules[edit]

Around 25 "non-coordinated" international organisations follow the Co-ordinated scales or use them as a benchmark.


INSTITUTION HQ www
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research Meyrin (Canton of Geneva) http://public.web.cern.ch/
ECO European Communications Office (Cf. European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) Copenhagen (Denmark) http://www.ero.dk
ECS Energy Charter Secretariat (European Energy Charter) Brussels (Belgium) http://www.encharter.org
EFTA European Free Trade Association Geneva (Switzerland) http://www.efta.int
EMBL European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg (Germany) http://www.embl.org
EPO European Patent Organisation Munchen (Germany) http://www.epo.org
ESO European Southern Observatory Garching near Munich (Germany) http://www.eso.org
EUREKA E! Brussels (Belgium) http://www.eurekanetwork.org
EU SatCen European Union Satellite Centre Torrejón de Ardoz near Madrid (Spain) http://www.satcen.europa.eu
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility Copenhagen (Denmark) http://www.gbif.org
HCCH Hague Conference on Private International Law The Hague (Netherlands) http://www.hcch.net
HFSPO Human Frontier Science Program Organization Strasbourg (France) http://www.hfsp.org/
ICC (International Criminal Court) The Hague (Netherlands) www2.icc-cpi.int
ITER Saint-Paul-les-Durance (France) http://www.iter.org
NASCO North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization Edinburgh (United Kingdom) http://www.nasco.int
OCCAR Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation Bonn (Germany) http://www.occar-ea.org/
OSPAR Oslo and Paris Commissions London http://www.ospar.org
PCA Permanent Court of Arbitration The Hague (Netherlands) http://www.pca-cpa.org
SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) Noumea
(Nouvelle-Caledonie, France)
www.spc.int
UNIDROIT International Institute for the Unification of Private Law Rome (Italy) http://www.unidroit.org
WCO World Customs Organisation Brussels (Belgium) http://www.wcoomd.org/
WTO World Trade Organisation Geneva (Switzerland) http://www.wto.org
CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) Paris (France) http://www.coebank.org/ www.coe.int
OBS (European Audiovisual Observatory ) Strasbourg (France) www.coe.int
IEA (International Energy Agency) Paris (France) www.oecd.org
NEA (Nuclear Energy Agency) Paris (France) www.oecd-nea.org

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ according to article 9 of the North Atlantic Treaty: "English and French shall be the official languages for the entire North Atlantic Treaty Organization"; and to the North Atlantic Treaty Article 14: "(..) the English and French texts [of the Treaty] are equally authentic (...)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official site of the CoE.
  2. ^ Official site of the ECMWF.
  3. ^ Official site of the European space agency.
  4. ^ Official site of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
  5. ^ Official site of the NATO.
  6. ^ Official site of the OECD.
  7. ^ Official site of the Western European Union.
  8. ^ "ECMWF employment rules". ECMWF employment rules. ECMWF. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "ESA employment rules". ESA employment rules. ESA. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "EUMETSAT employment rules". 

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