Who are the members of the Chambre de recours?

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

Our discrimination case has been set down for hearing at the Chambre de Recours in Brussels on Monday 12 November.

The Complaints Board is composed of persons whose independence is beyond doubt and who are recognised as being competent in law. Only persons on a list compiled by the Court of Justice of the European Communities are eligible for membership of the Complaints Board. It is composed of six members, appointed for a period of five years.

The current members of the Complaints Board are:

  1. Chairman : Mr Henri Chavrier, Honorary President of the Bordeaux Administrative Court (France),
  2. Section Chairman : Mr Eduardo Menéndez Rexach, Magistrate, Head of Cabinet, Presidency of the Judicial power’s General Council (Spain),
  3. Mrs Evangelia Koutoupa-Rengakou, Professor of Administrative Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Thessaloniki (Greece),
  4. Mr Andreas Kalogeropoulos, former judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities and former Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the European Investment Bank (Greece),
  5. Mr Mario Eylert, judge at the Bundesarbeitsgericht (Federal Labour Court) (Germany),
  6. Mr Paul Rietjens, Director-General of Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser – Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Belgium).

It should be remembered that the Complaints Board is composed of six members who, being involved in activities in different Member States, are not assigned to it exclusively and that its registry is staffed only by a part-time registrar and a legal assistant.

Till now most of the cases were about appeals lodged against decisions to refuse pupils’ enrolment application, appeals lodged against non-promotion, appeals concerning the Regulations for Members of the Seconded Staff, appeals, concerning the European Baccalaureate, appeals lodged against decisions of the Board of Governors.

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960