What is Secondment?

Secondment is the assignment of an employee of one organisation to another organisation for a temporary period. There is a broad variety of models via which this can be organised. Differences exist both between member states and between organisations and institutions within a member state.

Secondment is a frequently used mechanism to deploy personnel i.a. to EU civilian crisis management missions. Increasingly, it is also used to make personnel available to Headquarters of respective organisations. Seconded national personnel can also be deployed to the Council of Europe, NATO and other regional organisations.