Job opportunities in EU agencies

Getting a job at an EU agency is, relatively, much easier than at the Commission. This is because in most cases the agencies do not look for new staff members through EPSO competitions (CAST, etc.), but organize their own selections. The agencies are fully in charge of the process and you don’t have to compete with several thousands or tens of thousands of other people. Typical competitions for a post would will have only a few dozens of applicants, in rare cases, up to several hundred. And even if you don’t get a position right away, agencies have reserve lists just as the Commission.

You might also want to take a look:
* How much do EU officials earn?
* Play around with the official European Commission salary calculator

How to find EU agency vacancy announcements? 

There are multiple locations where EU agencies post their vacancies:

  1. EU Agencies Network website
  2. EPSO website (the European Personnel Selection Office)
  3. Their own websites

EU Agencies Network Website

The EU Agencies Network website is probably one of the best places where to look for EU agency jobs. It’s a good balance between the overwhelming amount of information on the EPSO website and having to look at 44+ separate agencies and other bodies websites. It gives you an opportunity to quickly see what profiles of jobs are on offer and narrow down the job roles, the agencies, or geographic locations you want to focus on. 

European Personnel Selection Office website

EPSO is the authoritative source of information on vacancies in all EU institutions. Besides the vacancies database it also contains a wast amount of other information, for example, on how to pass the EPSO tests. 

Agencies’ Own Websites

The most trustworthy source of information of vacancies in EU agencies are their own websites. While nominally the EPSO and the EU Agencies Network websites should contain information about all agency websites, that might not always be the case. Once you narrow down the list of agencies to a few you really want to concentrate on to get a job there, it is best to monitor the websites individually.

As the application period usually is at least four weeks for a vacancy, you should get into a habit of visiting your shortlist of agencies every two to three weeks. I follow this procedure when looking for a new EU job:

  1. Save my shortlist of agency websites in one bookmark folder in my browser.
  2. Set a recurring reminder in a calendar every two weeks.
  3. Open all websites at once and review the most recent information. 

If you do this every two weeks, you have plenty of time to prepare a good application. 

Another good strategy is to also sign up for the newsletters of the agencies and get their new vacancy announcements in your inbox as soon as they are published. 

EU Agencies

List of all agencies and other EU bodies, their location and the individual vacancies link is posted below.

NameLocationVacancy and job announcements
Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)Ljubljana, Sloveniahttps://www.acer.europa.eu/en/The_agency/Working_at_ACER/Pages/Currrent-vacancies.aspx
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)Riga, Latviahttps://berec.europa.eu/eng/berec_office/recruitment/
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)Thessaloniki, Greecehttps://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/about-cedefop/recruitment/vacancies
Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)Angers, Francehttps://cpvo.gestmax.eu/search
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)Bilbao, Spainhttps://osha.europa.eu/en/careers
European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (EU-LISA)Tallinn, Estoniahttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/JobOpportunities/
European Asylum Support Office (EASO)Valetta, Maltahttps://www.easo.europa.eu/about-us/vacancies
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)Cologne, Germanyhttps://www.easa.europa.eu/the-agency/recruitment
European Banking Authority (EBA)Paris, Francehttps://eba.europa.eu/about-us/careers
European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX)Warsaw, Polandhttps://frontex.europa.eu/about-frontex/careers/open-selection-procedures/
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)Stockholm, Swedenhttps://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/vacancies
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)Helsinki, Finlandhttps://echa.europa.eu/about-us/jobs/open-positions
European Defence Agency (EDA)Brussels, Belgiumhttps://www.eda.europa.eu/jobs/current-vacancies
European Environment Agency (EEA)Copenhagen, Denmarkhttps://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/jobs
European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)Vigo, Spainhttps://www.efca.europa.eu/en/content/recruitment
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)Parma, Italyhttps://careers.efsa.europa.eu/
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)Dublin, Irelandhttps://www.eurofound.europa.eu/about-eurofound/vacancies
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (EGSA)Prague, Czech Republichttps://www.gsa.europa.eu/gsa/jobs-opportunities
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)Vilnius, Lithuaniahttps://eige.europa.eu/recruitment
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)Budapest, Hungaryhttps://eit.europa.eu/work-with-us/careers/vacancies
European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)Frankfurt am Main, Germanyhttps://www.eiopa.europa.eu/about/careers/open-vacancies_en
European Labour Authority (ELA)Bratislava, Slovakiahttps://www.ela.europa.eu/vacancies.html
European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)Lisbon, Portugalhttp://www.emsa.europa.eu/work/jobs/vacancies.html
European Medicines Agency (EMA)Amsterdam, Netherlandshttps://careers.ema.europa.eu/search
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)Lisbon, Portugalhttp://www.emcdda.europa.eu/about/jobs
European Security and Markets Authority (ESMA)Paris, Francehttps://www.esma.europa.eu/about-esma/careers
European Training Foundation (ETF)Turin, Italyhttps://www.etf.europa.eu/en/about/recruitment
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)Vienna, Austriahttps://fra.europa.eu/en/about-fra/recruitment/vacancies
European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)Budapest, Hungaryhttps://www.cepol.europa.eu/education-training/our-approach/how-to-apply
European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)Heraklion, Greecehttps://www.enisa.europa.eu/recruitment/vacancies
European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)Valenciennes and Lille, Francehttps://www.era.europa.eu/agency/recruitment_en
European Union Satellite Centre (SATCEN)Torrejón de Ardoz, Spainhttps://www.satcen.europa.eu/recruitment/jobs
European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST)The Hague, Netherlandshttps://recruitment.eurojust.europa.eu/
EUROPOL (European Police Office)The Hague, Netherlandshttps://www.europol.europa.eu/careers-procurement/vacancies
F4E (Fusion for Energy)Barcelona, Spainhttps://fusionforenergy.europa.eu/vacancies/
Single Resolution Board (SRB)Brussels, Belgiumhttps://srb.europa.eu/en/vacancies

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