The European Parliament employs some 8000 officials and other staff in total. They come from all 28 EU Member States and are posted to Parliament’s three places of work (Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Brussels) and to the liaison offices in the Member States.
The EU civil service consists of officials divided into three function groups: administrators (AD), assistants (AST) and secretaries and clerks (AST/SC).
The provisions governing the EU civil service are set out in the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union.
How do I become an official?
Officials are selected by means of open competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). EPSO selects staff for Parliament and for all the other EU institutions. Notices of competition are published in the Official Journal and on the EPSO website.
Temporary staff can be recruited to:
- fill a post which the budgetary authorities have classified as temporary;
- fill a permanent (official’s) post temporarily;
- assist a person holding an office provided for in the Treaty (Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Quaestors) or one of the political groups in the European Parliament.
How do I become a temporary staff member?
For some of the posts referred to above, Employment notices are published on the EPSO website, the Parliament website and the websites of the political groups.
Contract staff are recruited to:
- carry out manual or administrative support tasks;
- replace officials and temporary staff members who are temporarily unable to perform their duties.
You are about to be recruited as a contract staff member
You have just been contacted by a European Parliament department which wishes to offer you a post as a contract staf member.
Your Employment will take place in three stages:
- You will receive a letter of interest outlining the procedure under which you were selected (CAST, COSCON or selection by a political group) and asking you to forward to us, within 10 working days, a number of documents (extract from your police record, diplomas, certificates attesting to your professional experience, etc.).
- As soon as we receive your documents, they will be checked. Your qualifications and your professional experience will be assessed so that you can be placed in the right grade in the function group to which you are to be recruited. That grading will determine your salary.
- The Contract Staff and Accredited Parliamentary Assistants Employment Unit will then send you an offer specifying the dates on which your contract will begin and end, your place of employment, your grade and, on that basis, your salary.
- You will be asked to contact the Medical Service (either in Brussels or Luxembourg) to arrange a medical examination which will determine whether you are fit to take up your duties.
- Once the Contract Staff and Accredited Parliamentary Assistants Employment Unit has received the certificate stating that you are fit to perform your duties, it will draw up your contract. You will sign the contract on the day you start work at Parliament.
Please note that you must read carefully the letter of interest, the offer and your contract. For more information about Employment arrangements, please consult the relevant FAQs.
Accredited parliamentary assistants
Members of the European Parliament choose and recruit their accredited parliamentary assistants on the basis of a relationship of mutual trust; political affinity may also be a factor.
You are about to be recruited as an accredited parliamentary assistant (APA)
Your future MEP has informed you of their intention to offer you a contract as an accredited parliamentary assistant.
Your Employment will take place in five stages:
- Your future MEP or grouping of MEPs has made or will make a Employment request to DG FINS, which will record the request.
- The Contract Staff and Accredited Parliamentary Assistants Employment Unit will send you a link to the People portal, where you will be able to accept or reject your job offer. Please read the offer through carefully because it contains a great deal of useful information. In particular, the offer will specify the function group to and the grade at which your MEP wants to recruit you, your basic salary, the start and end dates of your contract and your place of employment.
- You will then be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire on the People portal.
- Finally, you will need to upload to the People portal the documents specified in the offer. Once you have uploaded your documents and validated the submission of your file in People, the Contract Staff and Accredited Parliamentary Assistants Employment Unit will check them.
- If your file is complete, you will be sent an email asking you to log in to People and make an appointment with our services to sign your contract. If your file is not complete, you will receive an email asking you for more information or to upload additional documents to People. Once everything has been received and verified, you will be sent notice of an appointment to sign your contract. The entire Employment process as described above will take roughly 10 working days.
Seconded national experts
National experts are seconded to the European Parliament by national, regional or local public authorities or equivalent bodies in an EU Member State, an EFTA member state which is part of the European Economic Area, applicant countries or third countries.
Such experts remain at the disposal of their employers during their secondment and continue to be paid by those employers. They do receive a daily subsistence allowance, however.
Persons wishing to apply for a secondment should send a letter setting out their reasons and a CV to their Member State’s Permanent Representation to the European Union.
They are recruited from employment agencies under the terms of interinstitutional framework contracts.
Protection of personal data
Your personal data will be processed as outlined in the fact sheets below.