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EU Careers: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office

What is EPSO?

EPSO, or European Personnel Selection Office, is an institution dealing with the process of personnel recruitment for the European Union. This is different from traditional recruitment, because it follows a special procedure, the so-called competition procedure.

What are EPSO tasks?

EPSO is responsible for selecting candidates for work in all EU institutions and agencies. EPSO is also an entity that tracks labour market trends and continuously improves hiring methods, in order to enable the EU to focus more on the candidates’ overall skills and personality traits rather than the knowledge they have. Also, EPSO processes on average 50,000 applications annually, with tests provided in 24 languages. EPSO tasks also include disseminating information on employment opportunities in the EU institutions. The European Union Career Ambassador programme has been set up to provide a link between the EU (as represented by EPSO) and universities operating in the EU Member States.

Why is the option of working for the EU worth considering?

Mainly because you can take on interesting and challenging tasks related to current affairs that you read about in the newspapers. Working in the EU is also about working in an international environment where both diversity and equality prevail. When hiring, the only thing that counts is the candidate’s skills, and there is no discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, ethnic origin, disability or religion. In a word, the European Union gives everyone equal opportunities in the recruitment process, and working there is called a job in the European Eldorado.