Our vision and mission
Here at the European Commission’s Traineeships Office, we believe in equality and diversity. To ensure the Blue Book Traineeships Scheme offers equal opportunities to everyone and reflects the diversity of Europe today, we uphold the following principles and work towards the following objectives
- increase diversity in the talent pool and ensure selected Blue Book trainees are representative of the diverse EU citizens we serve
- put special measures in place to maximise equal opportunities, treatment and access to all candidates regardless of their sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, membership of a national minority, disability, age or sexual orientation
- respect inclusion in selection procedures and provide all candidates with an equal opportunity to fully demonstrate their competencies by identifying and eliminating their blocking factors, possible biases and risks of discrimination
- promote equal opportunities and engage with various stakeholder groups and expert organisations to reach out to more diverse talent
- pay the utmost attention to eliminate all forms of discrimination during the traineeship
Diversity staff networks
The Traineeships Office works together with Commission staff networks active in diversity and inclusion matters to bring about positive change by advancing diversity and inclusion in the EU institutions.
These networks warmly welcome trainees to join them during their internship. They act as a contact point for candidates that would like to discuss confidential personal issues linked to diversity and inclusion that would impede them from applying to the traineeships scheme.
ASDEC: Association of Staff with a Disability in the European Commission
Contact us by email at EC-STAFF-DISABILITY-ASDEC@ec.europa.eu
DIVERSITÉ: Staff association for ethnic diversity and against ethnic or racial discrimination
Contact us by email at EC-DIVERSITE-EUROPE@ec.europa.eu
Visit our website for more information: https://diversiteeurope.eu
ÉGALITÉ: Association of LGBTI+ staff matters in the EU institutions
Contact us by email at email@example.com
Visit our website for more information: www.egalite-online.eu
Trainees with a disability and/or medical condition
The Traineeships Office has established a reasonable accommodations procedure allowing candidates who need special adjustments (due to a disability or a medical condition) to apply for and participate in the programme.
If you have a disability or a medical condition that may require reasonable accommodations during your traineeship, please inform the Traineeships Office.
An increase in monthly grant can also be provided (up to 50%), based on the assessment of the documentation you provide to the Traineeships Office (medical certificate or official reference document).
Information on how to find adapted housing during the traineeship in Brussels or Luxemburg is available on request.
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Traineeships Office will personally accompany trainees with a disability or a medical condition, in full confidentiality.
Trainees’ Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
During their internship, trainees are welcome to get involved in a series of trainees subcommittees focusing on different themes, including diversity and inclusion.
The Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee gathers a number of trainees with a keen interest in diversity and inclusion issues, to organise events, reflect on certain concrete proposals that are then discussed with the traineeships office to improve the traineeship scheme in terms of equal opportunities.
Being a member and one of the spokespeople of the diversity and inclusion subcommittee has given me the opportunity to work with an amazing, driven and motivated group of individuals. My past experiences and knowledge in human rights and gender equality have been a great advantage to become an active member of the subcommittee for the trainees committee and have allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. Nonetheless, this experience would not have been the same with the help and dedication we received from the members in order to get the subcommittee up and running and creating a foundation for the future Blue Book trainees.
Annelies Coessens (Trainee March 2022 session)
International non-EU trainees
Our traineeship scheme also welcomes a number of international non-EU trainees for each of the traineeship session. People with different backgrounds join this traineeship scheme each year and it provides a unique and unforgettable experience.