Based in Brussels, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an EU advisory body composed of locally and regionally elected representatives coming from all EU Member States. Through the CoR they are able to share their opinion on EU legislation that directly impact regions and cities.
In order to be recruited as an official at the CoR, you need to pass an open competition organised at the inter-institutional level by the European Personnel Selection Office. The European Committee of the Regions also employs temporary or contract staff. Employees of local, regional and national bodies or intergovernmental organisations may also apply for positions as seconded national experts.
By doing a traineeship at the CoR you will be in the heart of the dynamics of a political assembly. You will familiarise yourself with CoR's objectives and work on European integration. Each trainee is assigned to a specific department of the CoR. The nature of the work depends largely on the unit. Some units are more politically oriented, others are more administrative. In general, the type of work assigned is equivalent to that performed by junior executive-grade officials (AD5).
Who can apply: University graduates from an EU member country or from a country which is an official candidate for accession, with thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU-working language (French or English)
Duration: 5 months
Paid: Yes. Around 1,200 € per month
Starting Dates: 16 February and 16 September
These internships intend to bring stakeholder knowledge and experience to the policy processes of the CoR, while providing practical knowledge/feedback of the workings of the CoR to the local and regional levels. Interns will get a general idea of the objectives of European cooperation and integration through the work of the CoR and will have the opportunity to work in a multicultural, multilingual environment.
Who can apply: officials from local, regional or national authorities in Member States of the EU or from a country which is an official accession candidate. Candidates should be professionals working in a post with duties corresponding to the level of an EU Administrator.
Duration: 1 to 4 months (can be extended to 6 months)
Paid: No. Remuneration is provided by the sending institution.
Starting Dates: ongoing
Study periods at the CoR allow the beneficiaries to complete a concrete project, while providing unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the CoR. The trainees acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the Committee's departments and have the chance to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
Who can apply: EU nationals or of a State which is an official candidate for accession, who have obtained at least a Bachelor degree.
Duration: 1 to 4 months (it may be extended to 6 months depending on the resources available)