Traineeship scheme of the European Commission

The official traineeship scheme of the European Commission [1] is a traineeship program providing official training in the European Commission . [2] [3] [4] [5] Aimed at young university graduates , [6] it has-been running since 1960 and is the biggest traineeship program in the world. [7] Traineeships, qui start in October or March and last five months, [8] are the carried out in a Directorate-General or a department of the Commission, in a Commissioner’s Cabinet , or in sacrifice part of European Union ‘ S executive bodies and agencies . [9] The program is managed by a dedicated Traineeships Office Within DG EAC , with an annual budget of € 7 million, [7] That Runs a selection procedure to recruit Approximately 600 trainees (also called Expired Blue Book stagiaries ) For Each traineeship period. [10]

Selection procedure

Administrative traineeships (ie all traineeships except those with Directorate-General for Translation ) consist of the following steps: [11]

  • Application (deadline at end of January / August)
  • Eligibility (decision made before end of April / October)
  • Preselection (decision made in June / November)
  • Selection (decision made in July / January)
  • Traineeship (start in October / March)

Applicants Who advance into the selection stage are listed in a database called Expired the (Virtual) Blue Book from qui European Commission officers Entitled to Having a trainee are free to choose Their candidates. On contacting them, the details of the traineeship are agreed upon. Approximately 2,500 candidates get into the Blue Book for every traineeship period, of which 600 are recruited as trainees. [12]

As an exception, the Directorate-General for Translation applies its own eligibility criteria to what are called translation traineeships , and there is no preselection. The rest of the procedure, however, is the same as administrative traineeship. [9]

Working conditions

Each trainee is assigned to an adviser who acts as a mentor. [13] Trainees work full-time , according to European Civil Servants (although unlike them, they are considered “external staff”) and are paid a monthly living allowance equal to 25% of the basic remuneration AD 5/1. [14] Their travel costs to the place of appointment and back home are reimbursed during the last month of the traineeship. [15] It is up to the trainee to find accommodation near the place of appointment. [16] Most trainees are based in Brussels , a large group is situated in Luxembourg , and A Few work in London ( EBRD , ECFIN ), Ireland ( DG SANCO ), as well as in European Union representations in member states and delegations abroad. [9]


Starting with 3 trainees in 1960, by 1983 their number had reached 500, and in 2010 about 1,200 trainees were recruited (the two traineeship periods counted together). During the first 50 years of its history (1960-2010), more than 40,000 trainees have participated in the program. The highest number of trainees has come from Italy (almost 4,500), the lowest number from Malta (around 50). Almost 3,500 trainees cam from non-EU countries. Approximately 70% of trainees are female . [7]

The average trainee (in 2009) was 26 years old, spoke four languages and had two university diplomas . [7] The October 2011 traineeship has seen a total of 10 424 applicants, out of which 9 349 were nationals of EU member states . From them, 652 were recruited as trainees. Most trainees come from Italy (73), and 44 recruits are non-EU citizens. [17] Compared to this, two years later, in October 2013, the number of applicants had increased to a total of 14028, with an average success rate of just under 5%. [18] October 2015 has been the most competitive session yet, with 24690 applicants. [19]

List of notable trainees

Many ex-trainees have gone on to become people of note, such as:

  • Dacian Cioloş , European Commissioner and Prime Minister of Romania [7] [10]
  • King Felipe VI of Spain [7]
  • Michael Froman , US presidential assistant and deputy national security adviser [7]
  • Prince Hassan of Jordan [10]
  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin , Member of the European Parliament [7]
  • Lousewies van der Laan , Former Member of the European Parliament [20]
  • Prince Laurent of Belgium [21]
  • Manuel Marín , Former European Commissioner [7]
  • King Mohammed VI of Morocco [7]
  • Mario Monti , Former European Commissioner, Prime Minister of Italy [7] [10]
  • Christine Ockrent , Belgian journalist and TV presenter [7]
  • Odile Quintin , former Director General of European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture [7]
  • Viviane Reding , European Commissioner [7] [10]
  • Beppe Severgnini , Italian columnist
  • Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna , Spanish politician


  1. Jump up^ Rules governing the official traineeships scheme of the European Commission
  2. Jump up^ Escaping the crisis with the European Commission
  3. Jump up^ An internship at the European Commission: how to do it?
  4. Jump up^ Eppink, Derk Jan: Life of a European mandarin: inside the commission . Lannoo Uitgeverij, 2007. 386 pp. ISBN 978-90-209-7022-7.
  5. Jump up^ Getting an internship at the European Commission August 2009
  6. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: About the Traineeship – What is it?
  7. ^ Jump up to:n Press releases RAPID IP / 10/1352: The big stage: 50th anniversary of the Commission’s traineeship program
  8. Jump up^ External Evaluation of the European Commission’s Traineeship Scheme
  9. ^ Jump up to:c Traineeships Office: The application procedure – Application – Where?
  10. ^ Jump up to:e Annemarie Bruggink: “Go for work, go for contacts. And if it does not work, come and see us! “
  11. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: The selection procedure – Application – When?
  12. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: The selection procedure – Preselection – What is it?
  13. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: About the Traineeship – Traineeship – How?
  14. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: About the Traineeship – Living allowance – How much?
  15. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: About the Traineeship – Travel – When?
  16. Jump up^ Traineeships Office: About the Traineeship – Accommodation – Where?
  17. Jump up^ Traineeship Statistics: October 2011
  18. Jump up^ Traineeship Statistics: October 2013
  19. Jump up^ Traineeship Statistics: October 2015
  20. Jump up^ Parliamentary Documentation Center,Biography of LWSALB van der Laan (in Dutch)
  21. Jump up^ The Belgian Monarchy: Home – Royal Family – Prince Laurent(in English)

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