EU Careers – EPSO office for EU institutions jobs

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the main body responsible for the recruitment of individuals seeking EU careers, i.e. jobs in European institutions. This office is responsible for selection of staff for jobs in following EU Institutions: the European Commission European Parliament, the European Council, , the European Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the Committee of the Regions, the European External Action Service, the Economic and Social Committee, and the European Ombudsman.

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The EPSO office creates pools of candidates for EU Institutions Jobs, and then each of the Institutions recruits’ staff from the pool.

The office claims that on average they receive 65000 applications form candidates seeking EU career, while between 1500 and 2000 candidates are selected for some of the jobs in EU institutions.

Jobs with the EU institutions include a wide range of career opportunities, mostly in administration and management, in various policy areas. Careers in the EU institutions can also involve participation in the EU legislative processes, like for example market policies, energy policy, humanitarian aid, etc.  However, most of the EU institutions jobs are related to the support activities curtail for normal operations of the EU institutions, like Finance, IT, linguistics, Human Resources, etc.

Most of the jobs in EU institutions require knowledge of at least two foreign languages, out of which one should be either English, German or French.However, majority of staff work in English language, and majority of official communication in done in English.

Jobs in EU institutions are considered as highly attractive, However, salaries have witnesses significant decrease in recent years, mostly due to salary grades given to the newcomers. Therefore, in comparing to other international institutions and organizations active in Brussels, jobs in EU institutions are nowadays mostly attractive for job-seekers coming from the new members states, i.e. form Eastern European Union states.

To learn more about types of the jobs and application procedures, click here.