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European Commission Administrator

A European Commission administrator is responsible for the formation, implementation and management of European Commission policies and legislation.

A European Commission administrator is responsible for the formation, implementation and management of European Commission policies and legislation. The European Commission, European Parliament and several other EU institutions employ administrators and assistants.

Work activities

  • Debating and negotiating ideas.
  • Drafting European Commission legislation.
  • Organising and attending meetings.
  • Writing reports.
  • Managing staff.
  • Implementing policies.
  • Undertaking research to ensure consistency of policies and procedures through the EU member states.

Work conditions

Travel: work is mostly office based but some international trips may be necessary.

Working hours: are usually regular, may include some longer hours leading to deadlines.

Location: most positions are located in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Entry requirements

A degree is a necessity; graduates in subjects such as economics, law, statistics, languages, accounting, business studies and finance are particularly eligible. Fluency in at least one of the official EU languages is necessary; particularly French and German. The application process is lengthy, lasting around a year, and competition is intense. Only a small number of vacancies occur each year. Further information about the European Commission application process and graduate traineeships can be found at ec.europa.eu/ireland/about_us/posts/careers/index_en.htm.