Working in the EU
Under Article 45 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union, freedom of movement of workers shall be secured within the EU’s borders. Every citizen of the EU has the right to work in another EU Member State and shall not be discriminated on the grounds of nationality.
The EU offers a wide range of opportunities for citizens to work within a multi–national and multi–lingual environment. In fact, the European Institutions employ more than 40,000 employees from all over the EU. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the main port of call for citizens who would like to work for the EU. EPSO organises “open competitions” to recruit new employees through a series of tasks and assessments that ensure employment of permanent and non-permanent personnel. Competitions are held within various staff categories including translation, project management, policy and linguistics.
The EU allows EU citizens to get a glimpse of its work through traineeships, which are specifically targeted for university graduates. Trainees will be able to develop their professional skills, gain knowledge of the EU’s work and enhance personal qualities. Traineeships are offered in a wide range of areas, from environmental policy to human resources for a duration of three or five months.
The EU Careers Student Ambassadors scheme is another opportunity given to University students to promote EU careers and gain work experience. The principal role of an ambassador is to distribute information about new opportunities by acting as a point of contact for students interested in a future career with the EU. Applications for EU Careers Student Ambassadors in Malta are now open for students from the University of Malta and MCAST.
Working for the EU can be viewed as a challenge. It means that your contribution will be influencing the lives of more than five hundred million European citizens every day.