If selected

Upon selection, you will receive a job description covering the tasks you will responsible for during your traineeship. You will receive this job description before you are expected to accept the traineeship offer.

As a trainee, you will receive a living allowance of 1,176 € per month. For the 1st month, this is paid at the end of the first month. From then on, you will receive it by the 15th of every month.

The living allowance does not fall under the special tax regulations that apply to servants of the European Communities. At the end of the traineeship, the Traineeship Office will provide a financial declaration on the amounts received. Consult the tax authorities in your country of residence regarding how and if your allowances will be taxed.

The European Health Insurance Card is accepted in Brussels, Luxembourg and other potential traineeship destinations. Once you make a claim, register with your local "mutualité" for information on reimbursements.

Visa costs and related medical fees may be reimbursed together with the travel expenditures.

You are not required to open a bank account in the country where you are a trainee. It is recommended however and may prove cheaper and more convenient.

Practical Advice

The Commission does not provide accommodation. In Brussels, most trainees pay between 350 – 550 € per month. The Trainees Committee website and the BXL A LOUER - Bouche à Oreille Facebook page are good places to start looking for accommodation.

You should plan for some expenses when you first move over such as a deposit (one to two months) for your accommodation. The cost of living might be higher than in your home country.

 Working at the Commission

The Commission works a 40-hour week and an 8-hour day. The core hours when staff is required to be present are 9 : 30 - 12 : 00 and 15 : 00 - 16 : 30. Trainees are entitled to 2 days leave per month. The Commission is closed on main public holidays such as Christmas and Easter and these days are not counted as leave. Leave needs to be agreed beforehand with your advisor.

There is no official dress code at the Commission. However, you are expected to dress adequately.

To find out where you will be working, a list of all buildings with maps and other information is available on the Infrastructure and Logistics website (OIB).

I had an extraordinary experience that I would recommend to everybody !

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Current position: October 2016 Traineeship