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With a staff of 34,000 drawn from the length and breadth of the EU, the Commission works closely with the European Parliament and national governments to run the Union in the overall interests of its 455 million citizens.

Its job is to transform into practical everyday action these citizens' aspirations for peace, freedom and prosperity. How does it do this? Who works there? What are their jobs?

This portal gives you the chance to find out.

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European Commission civil service

Staff working for the European Commission are part of the European civil service. This comprises all the officials and other civil servants working for the institutions and other bodies and ag

The Staff Regulations is the official document describing the rules, principles and working conditions of the European civil service. These rules are essential to guarantee the European civil service maintains the highest standards. As of 1 January 2014 a new version of the Staff Regulations will come into force. The regulations have been updated to help us achieve our overall vision: to maintain an attractive, modern and high level European public service, while demonstrating solidarity with Member States and European citizens.

New call for Contract Agents - 09/09/2013

The European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest to set up a pool of contract agents, in function groups II, III and IV in the following generalist fields: administration, audit, secretariat, economy, finance, information and communication, languages, law, policy, program/project management and statistics… Read more

Vice-President Šefčovič talks about the European Civil Service (10 May 2012)

On 10 May 2012, at a breakast briefing hosted by the European Policy Group, Vice-President Šefčovič gave a speech about the European civil service.

This was a comprehensive speech, so we've broken it down into a series of smaller videos, covering its major themes.

Click on a theme below to see the video for that part of the speech.

Introduction wmv - 19 MB [19 MB]We need to attract the best staff wmv - 13 MB [13 MB]
Return on investment wmv - 21 MB [21 MB]The cost of non-EU wmv - 17 MB [17 MB]

Value for money

The challenges ahead
Greater efficiency Concluding remark wmv - 6 MB

Alternatively, you can read the whole speech (in EN pdf only).

"...If Europe is to emerge stronger and more unified from the crisis, it needs to be served by an efficient and effective public administration..."

From the speech: 'A European civil service fit for the 21st century' - by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič of 10 May 2012.

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