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A job with the European Commission, the largest of the institutions of the European Union, is a sought-after career for a growing number of Europe's brightest young people. Competition for jobs is therefore extremely keen, but rewards in terms of responsibility and salary are commensurate.

Recruitment is open to women and men, who are nationals of an EU Member State. Entry is mainly by open competition, involving written examinations and an interview. There are two categories: Category AD for graduate posts and Category AST for non-graduate posts.  Each category is divided into grades.

A centralised recruitment office for all the European Union Institutions was officially launched on 30th January 2003. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) pools the resources of the different European institutions in order to ensure improved planning and organisation of the recruitment of EU officials. Candidates for EU careers will now have one focal point, which will in turn facilitate coherent planning of recruitment competitions and ensure common standards.

To find out more about the above posts and fixed-term ‘Contract Agent’ posts visit the main Recruitment website , where you will find our brochure and news about competitions.

Further information

UK nationals who are interested in working for one of the EU institutions or agencies can obtain assistance and advice by contacting the UK Representation to the EU ( or They can also obtain specific information and advice on the Civil Service's European Fast Stream scheme by checking the EFS pages or by emailing

Vacancy notice

Executive Director (ED) of the EU-Latin America Caribbean (LAC) Foundation

The EU-LAC Foundation was established under German civil law in Hamburg in 2011, following a decision of the VI EU-LAC Summit, with the objectives of contributing to the strengthening of the bi-regional partnership process, encouraging mutual knowledge and understanding between the regions and enhancing the visibility of the partnership. The four year term of the current ED will end on 31 October. In accordance with the Foundation´s Statutes, the next ED will be a citizen of an EU Member State.

The Board of Governors of the Foundation, comprising representatives of all Community of the Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) and EU Member States and the EU, is responsible for appointing the ED on the basis of an EU-proposed candidate for the post. The person apppointed does not need to be an official of the EU or of a Member State, but must be able to count on the confidence of the EU Member States and the EEAS. You will find enclosed the job description and list of qualifications and skills for the post. The salary will be commensurate with experience.  Candidates should address a letter of motivation to Mr. Manfredo Fanti, Head of Division at the European External Action Service, and send this and a curriculum vitae to: by 15 September 2015.

It is expected that the Board of Governors will decide on this appointment at its next meeting, in October or November 2015. It is hoped that the person appointed will be available to take up the post in Hamburg no later than 1 January 2016. The contract of the current ED may be extended on a temporary basis to cover the interim.bau

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The Stage: training opportunities for graduates

The European Commission offers two five-month periods of in-service training (stages) for university graduates from the member states of the European Union and to a limited number of nationals from non-member countries. These training periods entail work experience in one of the Commission's departments and run from 1 March and 1 October each year.

For full details

Volunteer Trainee Requests

The European Commission Representation in the UK receives a large number of volunteer trainee requests. However, for logistical reasons we can only accommodate a fixed number of volunteer trainees per year.

Volunteer placements are available in our London office to university students who are required to complete work experience as part of their studies. Volunteers must be covered by a medical insurance policy, or alternatively provide their own equivalent.  Membership of the NHS or the holding of an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) are acceptable forms of medical insurance. 

The placements are based in our Political, Media or Communications/Partnerships & Networks sections.  Excellent spoken and written English together with an interest in the work of the Representation are essential.  Knowledge of a second European language would also be an advantage.

Volunteers should be aware that completion of work experience of this type of more than six weeks' duration will preclude them from applying for a place on the official traineeship programme of the European Commission ("blue book internships").[1]

Interested volunteers should send their CV and a supporting letter stating clearly  which period they are available and for how many days per week to  To be of value to the trainee we suggest a period of not less than a month although we usually find that longer placements are more beneficial. We are also willing to consider part-time trainees (eg. 1 or 2 days/week) whose placement would then be of a longer duration within the allocated period.

Although applications are welcome from all nationalities, for practical reasons priority will be given to EU nationals.

No requests can be accepted after the deadlines for the respective trainee periods, as follows:

May to July: 16 March 

Mid-September to December: 16 June

January to April: 16 November

Please note that if you responded to the previous notice there is no need to reapply as your application will still be considered


[ 1] For further information

Europe Direct

If you are interested in working not for the European Commission but in another country of the European Union then please either visit the Europe Direct web site or call freephone number: 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11


Last update: 27/07/2015  |Top