SECRETARY

EU administrative assistant, secretaries, clerks etc.

Permanent officials of the EU Civil Service are divided into different functional groups and must pass a recruitment competition. Secretaries (SC or CAST) make up one of these groups.

SC-level officials are generally employed in office management and administrative support roles. They take on a broad range of administrative tasks, which vary greatly according to their post. Secretaries maintain the smooth running of the EU institutions by coordinating meeting, organising conferences, preparing files, while others support teams, managers, or units within the EU Institutions.

Anyone who meets the general eligibility criteria and relevant qualifications required can apply for the EPSO SC selection competitions. SC competitions are announced each year in January/February, with the pre-selection exams taking place in March/April.

To apply for an Secretary competition applicants must have successfully completed secondary education. Previous experience requirements are dependent on the SC competition’s grade. EPSO SC selection competitions are advertised from grades AST/SC1 to AST/SC6:

  • New staff usually enter at grades AST/SC1 
  • AST/SC1 roles require a candidate to have completed secondary education and have some relevant professional qualification in the field. 
  • AST/SC2 roles require candidates to have more professional experience – a minimum of 4 years.

Every EPSO competition starts with its Notice of Competition being published in the Official Journal of the EU. The Notice of Competition is the official and authentic document in which the details and conditions of that specific competition are outlined: such as the exams to be undertaken, the number of people EPSO plans to place on the reserve lists, the language requirements, the application due date etc. Make sure you consult each SC competition’s Notice of Competition for the full details.

In addition to the specific requirements for any given competition, to become an EU official applicants must also meet some basic eligibility criteria. These include:

  • EU citizenship. Applicants must be a citizen of one of the EU's 28 Member States.
  • Not having a criminal record.
  • The ability to speak at least 2 official EU languages (one fluently, the other on a strong conversation level).
  • Must have fulfilled all military service requirements.

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