The second category of staff recruited by the institutions is that of temporary staff:
The engagement of a member of the temporary staff referred to in Article 2(a) or Article 2(f) may be concluded for a fixed or indefinite period. The contract of such a member of staff engaged for a fixed period may be renewed only once for a fixed period. Any subsequent renewal of the contract shall be for an indefinite period. The engagement of a staff member referred to in Article 2(b) or (d) shall not exceed four years, but may be limited to any shorter period. His contract may be renewed only once for a period of not more than two years, provided that the possibility of renewal was provided for in the initial contract, within the limits laid down in that contract. On expiry of his contract, an agent may not occupy a permanent post in the institution unless he is appointed as an official in accordance with the Staff Regulations. An agent referred to in Article 2(c) may be engaged only for an indefinite period.
Seconded staff from Member States’ national diplomatic services may be engaged under Article 2(e) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants to fill a permanent post in the EEAS on a temporary basis.
Until 30 June 2013, by way of derogation from Article 29, for recruitment from outside the institution, the EEAS shall recruit exclusively officials from the General Secretariat of the Council and the Commission and staff seconded from the diplomatic services of the Member States.
The contracts of temporary agents subject to the provisions of Article 2(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants who are in service in an agency on 31 December 2013 are converted, without a selection procedure, into contracts under Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment.