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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 13 September 2012

First ever targeted campaign to recruit Croatians to the EU institutions launches today

As Croatia prepares to become the 28th EU Member State on 1 July 2013, the first targeted recruitment campaign to find qualified Croatian nationals launches today.

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is running a recruitment competition for recent graduates to fill a range of positions within the EU institutions, including public administration, law, audit, economics and finance roles (AD5 'administrators').

A competition launched earlier this year to prepare for enlargement was aimed at any EU national who spoke Croatian. This is the first time applications are only open to Croatian citizens. This is to ensure, as with previous enlargements, that nationals of the new Member State are properly reflected within the institutions as rapidly as possible.

In total 124 successful candidates are being sought across the EU institutions. The European Commission has set itself the target of recruiting up to 249 Croatian nationals at various grades over a five-year transition period.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: "This is always a special moment during every enlargement, when we can extend the offer of an EU career to the newest members of the European family. I hope Croatian citizens with the necessary qualifications will seize this opportunity, and join us in building a Europe of growing cultural richness and diversity."

EPSO Director, David Bearfield, visited Zagreb on 4-5 September to encourage talented Croatian graduates to apply for an EU career. Mr Bearfield said: "We have some really rewarding but also very demanding opportunities to offer in order to help the EU face the challenges of the future. I want to encourage highly talented Croatian graduates to apply. Our selection procedures are tough, and we are looking for the very best and brightest to rise up to the challenge."

As well as citizenship requirements, applicants must be highly motivated and skilled. They must have a university education and have a strong enough command of English, French or German to succeed in the rigorous selection procedures. The closing date for applications is 16 October 2012. Further information is available on the EU Careers website.

At this time, EPSO is also running a separate competition to recruit experienced professionals (both Croatian and other EU nationals) to manage translation units. More information on

Further opportunities for secretaries and assistants in the field of proofreading, language-editing, communication, project management and legal affairs will open later in 2012.


With the accession of Croatia on 1 July 2013, the population of the EU will increase by 4,443,000, the number of official languages will increase to 24, and the surface area of the Union will increase by 56,594 square kilometres.

The indicative target of 249 is self-imposed by the Commission. It will help to ensure that sufficient Croatians are employed in all areas of the Commission and at all levels, including management, so that nationals of the EU's 28th Member State are properly reflected within the institution as rapidly as possible. The target covers officials and temporary agents, and covers a five-year transition period ending on 30 June 2018.

As in former enlargements, the recruitment targets are calculated on the basis of the relative weight of the new Member State. They include senior and middle management posts as well as administrator and assistant posts, as follows:

Administrators (AD), of which


Director General-level functions


Director-level functions


Middle management functions


Assistants (AST)




Contacts :

Antonio Gravili (+32 2 295 43 17)

Marilyn Carruthers (+32 2 299 94 51)

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