Career outlook for european union official
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to create policies and laws for the European Union (EU). You’d make sure the laws are applied in the member countries that make up the EU.
You might work for the European Commission (the largest department, which is the civil service of the EU).
Or there are six other institutions of the EU you could work for, including the Court of Justice and the European Parliament.
The various departments have a wide range of powers and functions. Different bodies will:
- Propose new laws
- Make sure all member countries obey EU laws
- Do the practical work for the agricultural and other policies
- Manage EU programmes and budgets
- Represent the EU in international affairs
You could work in one of a wide range of jobs at either administrator (AD) or assistant (AST) grade.
Depending on the department, as an administrator you would:
- Draft new laws
- Take part in negotiations with non-EU countries
- Put new policies and programmes into practice
- Attend meetings and conferences
- Prepare research and reports
- Answer questions from members of the European Parliament
You would probably manage staff, finances or equipment.
You could work as a translator, interpreter or lawyer linguist (a qualified lawyer who translates legal texts into your native language) at the administrator grade.
Assistants provide support for the administrators. As an assistant you might collect and analyse information, give secretarial support, or provide accounting, information technology (IT) or library services.
You would usually work in several different EU departments during your career.
You’d need to be interested in current affairs and speak at least one other EU language other than your own.
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