Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Enlargement & Integration Action 2009

Information on training possibilities at JRC and on the Call for expression of interest for Seconded National Experts at JRC Institutes

with focus on 2 EU New Members, Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries, FP7 Associated Countries and on ad hoc basis on the European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries


The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national

It consists of seven institutes located on five separate sites in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. It employs some 2700 persons under various schemes and presently collaborates with over one thousands research groups world-wide.

The JRC carries out research work on a wide range of topics that are of direct concern to the European citizen. These topics, which are broadly related to safety and security of the citizen, are concentrated namely in the following core areas: environment and sustainability; food, chemical products and health; nuclear safety and safeguards; reference materials and measurements; public security and antifraud and prospective studies and technology foresight. Detailed information can be found on the JRC web site ( as well as on those of its institutes .

To support the EU enlargement policy, the JRC promotes the integration of the EU New Member States, Candidate Countries and Potential Candidate Countries (NMS/AC/CC/PCC) in the European Research Area (ERA) and assists them in particular through an increased participation in the relevant JRC activities by offering both training as well as mobility possibilities. To support also the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) the JRC is offering the same possibilities on ad hoc basis also to the ENP Partner Countries.

The JRC Enlargement and Integration Action 2009 is focused on

  • the two New Member States NMS (Bulgaria and Romania),
  • FP7 Associated Countries FP7 AC (Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland),
  • EU Candidate Countries CC (Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Turkey),
  • Potential Candidate countries PCC (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro) as well as
  • at ad hoc basis on the European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries ENPPC.

The general aim of this action is to support the EU enlargement and integration process by fostering collaboration with target countries' governmental organisations (or the like), which will have an institutional role for providing S&T support to the implementation of policies, particularly through the associated scientific and technical organisations. This action will be put in place in collaboration with the European Commission Directorates General responsible for the specific policy area and for administration and the Permanent Representations of the NMS as well as the Missions to the EU of the candidate, potential candidate countries and FP7 Associated countries.


The action is composed of two main related instruments:

1) Workshops and Training Course on Advanced Methods and Techniques for EU policies

A series of workshops are planned in specialised areas for S&T support to EU policies, which correspond to well-established JRC core competencies. The main objective of these workshops will be to assist the competent organisations in the target countries with the scientific and technical methods and techniques underpinning EU policy implementation, learn about the methods currently available in the present or potential candidates of the EU and discuss future implementation. In certain cases, these workshops will be organised together with the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange unit of Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission (TAIEX), whose aims is to provide to the New Member States, Candidate Countries, Potential Candidate Countries and European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries, short-term technical assistance, in line with the overall policy objectives of the European Commission, and in the field of approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation.

Because of the institutional links and the limited capacity, the participants to the workshops will be designated directly by the respective Permanent Representations and the Missions to the EU in co-operation with the JRC National Contact Points.

The information on 48 Workshops and Training Course on Advanced Methods and Techniques for 2009

2) Opportunities for Seconded National Experts (information on the Call for Expression of Interest)

In conjunction with the previous activity, the JRC offers a number of short-to-medium-term job openings which are available for Seconded National Experts (with a preference for 12 months depending on the position and area).

This is addressed principally to staff from public organisations in the above-mentioned countries that have expertise in S&T areas covered by the JRC

The list of 9 open positions for SNEs at JRC for 2009.
Further positions would be announced during the year.

To ensure the openness and transparency of the procedure the call is coordinated with the Permanent Representations or the Missions to the EU.

Eligibility Criteria for Seconded National Experts

SNEs must come from a national, regional or local public administration, including universities and research organisation that does not see to make profits for redistribution.

Commission Decision of 12.11.2008 laying down rules on the secondment to the Commission of national experts and national experts in professional training applies for the short term opportunities for Seconded National Experts offered by the JRC in Enlargement and Integration Action 2009.

Application procedure for Seconded National Experts

In order to express your interest, you are asked to send your application form making reference to the action code number of interest to you and for which your experience is most suitable, to the relevant JRC contact with a copy to the Permanent Representation or the Mission to the EU of your country of origin (the list of the Permanent Representations of the Member States and the Missions of the FP7 Associated Countries to the EU is enclosed).

Each of these forms must be accompanied by a CV and a list of your publications. You may not refer to documents or applications submitted previously. None of the documents in the application file will be returned.

Submission deadline: 27 July 2009 (midnight CET).

Only candidates having filled in completely the application form and having submitted a CV and a publication list on time will be eligible.

The submitted applications will be evaluated by the relevant JRC institute and a reply will be sent to the applicants. A reserve list of the most suitable candidates will be set up. Candidates not included in the reserve list will be informed.

These candidates will be contacted by the JRC according to future needs in the working area selected and invited, in case of an envisaged deployment to a JRC institute, for an interview. The constitution of such a list does not under any circumstances represent a commitment for future employment by the European Commission.

For action specific queries, please refer to the contact point indicated in each notice of vacancy.

Queries of general nature can be directed to:

Joint Research Centre
Unit A3, SDME 10/43, B-1049 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 29-51902
Fax: +32 2 29-67483


JRC "Enlargement and Integration" Team in Brussels:


Dr. Krzysztof Maruszewski, Director, Directorate Programmes and Stakeholders Relations, Brussels

Mr. Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Unit, Customer and Stakeholder Relations
Ms. Jana Machajova
Ms. Milena Raykovska
Ms. An Spinoy, Administrative Assistant


JRC Institutes contract officers:


Mr. Roger Hurst, IE
Mr. Arwyn Jones, IES
Mr. Nicholas Nicholson, IHCP
Mr. Carmelo Addabbo, IPSC
Mr. Vincenzo Cardarelli, IPTS
Ms. Doris Florian, IRMM
Mr. Victor Esteban Gran, ITU