The OFFICI@L – December 2021 – No 72

The December issue of our newsletter the OFFICI@L, which is dedicated to EU civil servants, has just been published. It is available in English and French.

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This month:

-> Focus on some practical examples about the right of EU officials and agents to be heard
-> Case-law: the PMO refuses to grant dependent child status to a student receiving a scholarship
-> Human rights section: adoption against the mother’s wishes: Norway condemned
-> Day-to-day in Belgium: how to set up a non-profit association (ASBL)?
Have a look!

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EDITO the OFFICI@L – No 72

Dear readers,

This last issue of the OFFICI@L of 2021 is published at the beginning of January. We take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the New Year. In what remains a heavy period, we all share the hope that 2022 will be the year of a return to a less restrictive and lighter life. In any case, the pandemic will largely affect the way we work and the functioning of the EU institutions. In this newsletter, we will continue to be attentive observers and, if necessary, to inform you of your rights in these respects.

We also hope that this year we will be able to resume our traditional ‘Official Day’, which gathers representatives of the institutions and our specialist lawyers for a full day of discussions.

Keep in mind that this is your newsletter and we would welcome your feedback on the topics you would like to see addressed. Do not hesitate to write to us (

In this new issue, we take a look at the right to be heard of EU officials and agents and provide some practical examples.

As regards the case-law, the General Court of the European Union has recently handed down an interesting judgement on the conditions for recognising the status of dependent child for the children of officials who have gone abroad to study (T-408/20). We propose a brief comment on it.

In the “Human Rights – An Insight” section, we are interested in a recent ECHR ruling, condemning Norway for a decision concerning adoption against the mother’s wishes.

Finally, in the “Day to day in Belgium” section, we look at the conditions for setting up an ASBL for those of you are interested in legally structuring some of your undertakings and projects.

We wish you an excellent reading!



The OFFICI@L is a publication of the European and competition law team of DALDEWOLF, a specialist in the European and international civil service.

The OFFICI@L is a newsletter published in collaboration with Renouveau et Démocratie.