Our dedicated and highly competent staff supports the work of MEPs and closely follows the Parliamentary agenda. We employ policy advisors with expert knowledge of the intricate functioning of the European Union. We employ communicators who make sure that the Group's message gets across both traditional and online channels. Our colleagues in the IT Service provide us with the modern tools to seamlessly do our work. Our Human Resources team offers administrative support to our staff.
In the EPP Group we welcome diversity among our staff. We work in an international environment and nearly always in more than one language. We try to foster a climate of ownership and collaboration among colleagues.
We recruit and develop committed, ambitious people from around the European Union and beyond and offer them the possibility of further personal development via professional training. We have colleagues from all Member States of the EU, candidate countries and third countries.
If this sounds like you, keep reading for more information on careers and current vacancies.
Contract AgentThe Group has a number of contract agents. The maximum duration of their contract is 3 years. As a general rule, these colleagues are recruited from a reserve list established after detailed interviews in front of a Selection Committee.
Temporary Agent The majority of our staff are temporary agents with contracts for an indeterminate period. They are recruited through a selection procedure that includes written and oral tests. The Group publishes vacancies for these posts on its own website, in the Sommaire of the European Parliament (Avis de Vacances d'emplois internes) and on occasion in national newspapers.
Civil Servant The Group Secretariat has among its staff a number of civil servants of the European Institutions, primarily of the European Parliament, who are detached to our Group. Civil servants are permanent officials of the European Institutions who have passed a competition run by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
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Reimbursement of travel expenses for written tests.
Reimbursement of travel expenses for oral tests.
Due to reduced parliamentary activities before the European elections, which will take place between 22 and 25 May 2014, no traineeships will take place in spring 2014 (from 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014).
The next traineeships will start in September 2014. The deadline for applying is 1 July 2014.
The traineeship lasts for 3 months. In justified cases, traineeships may be extended for an additional 3 months; no further extension is possible. There are around 10 trainees per 3-month period.
Each trainee will be supervised by an administrator from the EPP Group Secretariat. The traineeship content must be agreed in advance with the supervising administrator.
A payment of up to EUR 1000 per month is made to cover living costs in Brussels. Travel and accommodation costs for attending one session in Strasbourg are also covered separately.
- an officially-recognised higher education diploma (minimum bachelor), and
- an excellent knowledge of at least two official EU languages (one may be mother tongue)
Applicants must send an EPP Group application form, duly completed and signed, with copies of their diploma certificate and supporting evidence of linguistic knowledge, enclosing a letter of recommendation from a local, national or European political figure who is a member of the EPP family of parties, plus a university reference.
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The everyday work of an MEP does not only involve votes or Committee meetings, but also hours of preparatory legislative work, meetings with interested parties and constituents, media appearances, negotiations with other actors in the decision-making process, speeches to visitor groups, appearances at conferences, hearings and staying up-to-date with political developments in the European Union and in the Member States.