Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken
Internationale spectator: tijdschrift voor internationale politiek vol:62 issue:9 pages:474-480
Jan Wouters and Maarten Vidal discuss whether and how the Belgian authorities promote the recruitment of Belgian nationals by international organizations. The presence in Brussels of several international institutions, especially the European Union, has led to a high percentage of Belgian civil servants, not only on the administrative but also on the policy level. Governmental action focuses on high-level posts and on recruitment by organizations that are not Brussels-based. Several actors, not only the federal departments of foreign affairs and development co-operation but also the Flemish and French communities have developed initiatives to this end. The authors advocate enhanced coherence of these initiatives, which will also lead to more clarity for (young) people who try to find their way into the international civil service.