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Blue Book traineeship programme.

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About the traineeship

Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union.

The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to.

You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc.

What does a trainee's daily work consist of?

  • Attending and organising meetings, working groups, and public hearings
  • Researching, drafting end editing documentation – including reports and consultations
  • Answering citizens’ inquiries
  • Supporting the management of projects

What do we expect from you?

  • An open-minded approach to European issues
  • An interest in learning about the Commission’s working methods
  • Willingness to work in a multicultural environment
  • To contribute to the Commission’s daily work from a fresh perspective
  • A proactive attitude

Scientific traineeships are also available at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

General questions

The living allowance for the traineeship sessions in 2021 will be €1,229.32 per month.

  • March to the end of July
  • October to the end of February the following year.

Yes, visa costs and related medical fees will be reimbursed together with travel expenditures.

Commission employees work 40 hours a week, 8 hours per day.

Official working hours are 8:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30.

The minimum lunch break is 20 minutes.

Your actual working hours will depend on your unit and your workload – please check with your adviser when you arrive.

The core hours when all staff is required to be present are 9:30 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 16:30.

Leave requests should be approved.

Yes, but at the stage of eligibility check you should be able to provide a formal statement from your university confirming that you have obtained your degree.

Date of the award and final mark awarded must be clearly indicated and match your declaration in the application form.