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EU institutions and agencies
Applications for an EU Career are made through a centralised recruitment process. You could be recruited to work for one of the following institutions:
- The European Commission (Brussels, Luxembourg offices in every EU country)
- The European Parliament (Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and offices in every EU country)
- The Council of the European Union (Brussels)
- Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg)
- European Court of Auditors (Luxembourg)
- European Economic and Social Committee (Brussels)
- Committee of the Regions (Brussels)
- European Ombudsman (Strasbourg)
- European Data Protection Supervisor (Brussels)
- The European External Action Service (Brussels offices around the world)
The following institutions with their own selection procedures:
The EU's agencies and decentralised bodies offer all kinds of job opportunities – in particular for specialists. They may have recruitment opportunities when no competition is running.
Some agencies may recruit contract staff from EPSO's reserve pool of successful candidates (the CAST database). Consult the list - agencies entitled to recruit from the CAST database.
The European institutions have offices across the world, but the chances are that when you first join us you will be relocating to Brussels or Luxembourg.
Brussels and Luxembourg
Brussels and Luxembourg are particularly diverse and international cities. The presence of the European institutions means that people from all over the continent come here to live and work, and you can expect to hear many languages spoken in the streets.
Both cities have upmarket shopping areas and plenty of nightlife, with a wide choice of restaurants, clubs and bars, cultural venues and sports clubs. Both are quite compact, so it's only a short ride from the city centre to the countryside. Located in the heart of Europe, several other European capitals are only a couple of hours away (Amsterdam, Paris, London).
The European Commission, although based in Brussels and Luxembourg, has representations in every EU country. The European Parliament also has an information office in every EU country and the European External Action Service has delegations in locations around the world.
The EU also has several agencies and decentralised bodies based in different countries. Find out which ones are based in your country.
Help to relocate
Once you receive a job offer, our Welcome Offices in Brussels and Luxembourg will help you find your way and settle in. In particular, they can help you find accommodation (including vetting your rental contract). Information Days are regularly organised to help partners settle into life in the new country.
Both Brussels and Luxembourg offer excellent national, European and international schools. We can put you in touch with crèches, playgroups and other facilities.