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“Blue Book” traineeship programme

Selection process

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1. First phase

Candidates included in the Blue Book are invited to apply for up to three traineeship positions.   

You will receive instructions to connect to Virtual Blue Book portal where Commission Directorates-General (DGs), services  and agencies propose various positions for the nearest traineeship session. The number of proposed positions matches the number of trainees per session.

Pursuant to article 4 of the legal basis, certain Directorates General, Services or Agencies may not recruit nationals from non-Member States.    

Carefully read the job description and the details of the post. You may mark as many positions as you like as favourites.

You may apply for a maximum of 3 posts, one post at a time, following the scheme:

  1. Application for the 1st post
    (2 days in week 1)

    Applications for the traineeships positions in VBB open for 48 hours - you may apply for 1 post.
    Post openings will be unpublished as soon as the maximum number of applicants has been reached or after 48 hours.

  2. Selection
    (2 days in week 1)

    During the following days, Directorates-General (DGs), services and agencies select the most suitable candidates from all candidates who applied for their posts.

  3. Application for the 2nd post
    (2 days in week 2)
  4. Selection
    (2 days in week 2)
  5. Application for the 3rd post
    (2 days in week 3)
  6. Selection
    (2 days in week 3)

Certain Commission departments or agencies entitled to select trainees might contact their candidates directly for an informal interview, while others rely solely on the application forms. 

2. Second phase

If none of your three applications is successful or you missed the opening times, you may still have a chance in a second phase.

Departments that have not yet found their candidate may continue the selection process. Thus, you may still be selected by a Commission department or agency you have not been in contact with.

 

Please note that the recruitment of non-EU candidates requires additional compulsory administrative steps imposed by national authorities. Consequently, the selection of non-EU candidates ends with the first phase.