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A diverse and rewarding working environment 

The primary mission of the CoR is to bring Europe closer to its people by allowing the voices of its citizens to be heard. From villages to cities, municipalities to regions, no place is too small to generate a positive impact on EU legislation. To help us achieve this, we rely on the best resource of all our staff.  

Let's shape the future together!

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The CoR is an institution of excellence, being resolutely modern and innovative, an organisation that complies with recognised quality standards and positively encourages its staff to become more knowledgeable and flexible through active learning and mentoring.

The CoR is an institution that promotes equal opportunities, diversity and non-discrimination to help nurture a respectful and inclusive working environment.

What we offer

  • Interesting and challenging work

    At the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), you work for a smaller institution but on issues that impact our daily life: pandemic, Green Deal, Conference on the future of Europe, cohesion policy, digital and demographic transitions, and migration flows, to name but a few. Our job in the General secretariat is to support our Members by delivering on a wide range of issues and tasks, from diverse policy work to organizing meetings, from human resources and finance to IT, translation and communication. We are a consultative body, with about 540 staff members, with flat reporting structures and many opportunities to liaise with other departments and work on shared projects.

  • International working environment

    You will meet colleagues from all EU Member States on a daily basis. The multinational, multilingual working environment is very enriching and stimulating. The two languages widely used in the daily work of European Committee of the Regions are English and French, but the institution fully respects the principle of multilingualism and ensures that all documents, communications and exchanges with stakeholders is made in all official EU languages.

  • #ShapingEuropeTogether - A job that really matters

    The European Committee of the Regions represents the voice of a million of regionally and locally elected politicians, 300 regions and 90 000 municipalities of Europe. Since the regional and local partners ensure a crucial link between citizens and the European decision making bodies, the involvement of the European Committee of the Regions in the European decision making process as well as in the Conference on the future of Europe is of capital importance. Working at the European Committee of the Regions, you work to improve the lives of approximately 450 million European citizens. This is a challenge and a privilege, every day.

  • Integrated Talent Management Strategy

    We do not offer 'a job for life' but a 'lifetime of different jobs'. Through our Integrated Talent Management Strategy, we give you the opportunity to learn and grow. You build your own career path and we help you through challenging assignments, coaching, mentoring, in-house and external development opportunities (job shadowing) and job mobility. Furthermore, we offer you a wide range of learning opportunities. We encourage your personal development and enable you to improve and update your technical and professional expertise.

  • Health and safety

    Your health and safety is our priority. We keep you informed about health and safety at work by organising a series of conferences and participatory events throughout the year.

Advantages

  • An attractive package

    As an EU consultative body, we offer the same competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package as any EU institution, including leave and a pension scheme, worldwide medical insurance cover for staff and their dependents, life and disability insurance. Additional benefits may be granted for eligible staff, as set out in our Staff Regulations.

  • Work/life balance

    At the CoR we balance the need for efficient use of our resources against modern human resources policies that enable our staff to reconcile professional and personal life. We offer:

    • Flexible working arrangements: flexible working hours, part-time work and teleworking
    • Leave and holidays - 24 vacation (annual leave) days plus public holidays. Subject to conditions, there are also additional days for travel towards the place of origin.
    • Support with childcare: In order to foster well-being among staff, the Social actions service provides a series of services to staff and their families (childcare facilities – crèches, European schools, after school childcare, holiday childcare, etc.)
    • Service to families: Welcome office, Social service, language courses for partners, etc.
    • Health and wellbeing policy: Medical service, Safety and Health at Work Programme, nutrition, ergonomic office design, etc.
    • Social and cultural events: We like to socialise! You get many opportunities to network. We also have other social events – Staff’s parties and events where you and your family are always welcome, cultural events, exhibitions, conferences on interesting topics, etc.

    We offer high-quality working conditions to ensure a sound and healthy working environment.

  • Salary

    Whether you apply for a permanent position, a fixed-term contract, or a temporary role, basic salaries are determined according to responsibilities and previous experience, and are reviewed annually as set out in the EU’s Staff Regulations.

  • Benefits

    • Allowances – staff receive expatriation, household and child allowances, depending on individual circumstances.
    • Health insurance - staff and their eligible dependents receive health insurance with immediate effect as from the start of their employment, without a waiting period for the payment of benefits.
    • Incapacity insurance - work incapacity insurance for accident and illness is a standard benefit for employees.
    • Retirement benefits - we provide staff with a retirement plan consisting of a set benefit component and a set contribution component.
    • Installation benefits - under certain conditions, staff joining us from outside their duty station location are reimbursed for travel and moving expenses and receive an installation allowance.
    • Education - staff with eligible dependent children may enroll them at the European School in Brussels.
    • Facilities - Access to carparks, the staff restaurant, the cafeterias, sports and library facilities.
  • Other facilities

    • Transport: our premises are easily accessible and Brussels offer a wide range of public transport, bicycle rental and car-pooling opportunities. As part of our mobility plan, CoR promotes the use of public transport and other sustainable means of transport (CoR infrastructures are ready to welcome you and your bike, we grant a financial contribution to your public transport season tickets, etc.).
    • Telework: remote access provides the opportunity to work in a more flexible environment.
    • "Green working environment": located in the heart of the European quarter, next to European Parliament and closer to Leopold Park, our Jacques Delors (JDE) and surrounding buildings are designed to comply with the highest standards of quality, security and environmental performance.
    • Equal opportunities: as part of our equal opportunities policy, we are especially committed to employing and developing the careers of people with special needs. Our main buildings are complying with optimal accessibility conditions for people with impaired mobility.
    • EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme): Actively involved in sustainable management, CoR and EESC set up the first plastic-free canteen in the European institutions. Since 2019, no disposable plastic products or products packaged with plastic are used in our canteen. Our committees are awarded EMAS and ISO 14001 certification and received the Brussels Ecodynamic Enterprise label in 2009.


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