Inviting applications for Traineeship program offered by the Committee of the Regions at Belgium

With a desire to make available a unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the CoR in particular, and of the EU institutions in general and to obtain practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the Committee’s departments; work in a multicultural and multilingual environment; to put into practice knowledge acquired during studies, particularly in your areas of competence. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) offers a limited number of university graduates a five-month traineeship every year from 16 February to 15 July (spring session);

From 16 September to 15 February of the following year (autumn session).

Under the program each trainee is allotted to a specific department of the CoR. The nature of the work depends largely on the unit; some units are more politically oriented, others are more administrative. In general, the type of work assigned is equivalent to that performed by junior executive-grade officials (AD5).

Information:-

  • About the eligibility:-

To submit an application for a traineeship at the CoR, the applicant must be a possessor of the following:

–         Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union or of a State which is an official candidate for accession;

–         Have completed at least the first cycle of a higher education course and obtained a full degree by the closing date for applications;

–         Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU-working language (French or English).

  • About the nationality:-

Graduates from EU Member States or official candidate countries who have knowledge of two of the official EU languages can submit an application for this traineeship.

  • About the awards:-

CoR-trainees are entitled to a monthly grant. The amount of the grant is equivalent to 25% of the salary of AD*5 officials (step 1) at the start of the traineeship for the full 5-month period. If a CoR trainee in receipt of a grant is also in receipt of income from a source external to the CoR during his/her in-service training period, he/she shall have no claim to any financial contribution from the CoR, save insofar as that external remuneration is less than the in-service training grant. In that event, he/she shall receive the difference up to the amount of that grant.

An additional monthly allowance of €100, 00 is awarded to:

–         A married trainee whose spouse is not gainfully employed;

–         A trainee who has dependent children (€100, 00/child/month).

–         A supplementary grant amounting to up to half of the monthly grant may be granted to a handicapped trainee after consideration of his/her individual situation.

  • About the applying procedure and the Deadline:-

Before you start the form, please make sure that you have all the required information.

There are mandatory and optional fields to complete. It will be impossible for you to submit your application unless you complete all the mandatory fields. The other fields are optional, and are intended to help the Traineeships Office to establish a more detailed profile of you.

Please check that all the information you provide is correct.

Also check your form thoroughly before submitting.

You can return to your application form and make changes at any time before the submission deadline. After this date, no changes are allowed.

Once your application is submitted electronically, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail. With this e-mail you will receive a personal access code. This is to allow you to check your status during the selection process.

Any false statement or omission in the application form, even if unintentional, may lead to rejection of the application or cancellation of a traineeship.

Application deadline

The electronic application form must be submitted within the following

timeframe (unless otherwise stated on the website):

Spring session: Between 1st April and 30th September (midnight, Brussels local time) of the preceding year

Autumn session: Between 1st October and 31st March (midnight, Brussels local time) of the same year

Any application received outside this period will not be accepted by the Traineeships Office.

Any application not submitted electronically will not be accepted by the Traineeships Office.

For further information about the application and the scholarship please visit the link

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