Overview

  • Organization TypeGovernment, Association
  • Staff10,000+
  • HeadquartersBelgium
  • Founded1952
The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are primarily located in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. Institutions of the EU include the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Court of Auditors, and the European Parliament. The European Parliament is elected every five years by EU citizens.   The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.   From economic to political union   What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organisation spanning policy areas, from development aid to environment. A name change from the EEC to the European Union (EU) in 1993 reflected this.   The EU is based on the rule of law: everything that it does is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by all member countries. These binding agreements set out the EU's goals in its many areas of activity.   Mobility, growth, stability and a single currency   The EU has delivered half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, helped raise living standards, and launched a single European currency, the euro.   Thanks to the abolition of border controls between EU countries, people can travel freely throughout most of the continent. And it's become much easier to live and work abroad in Europe.   The single or 'internal' market is the EU's main economic engine, enabling most goods, services, money and people to move freely. Another key objective is to develop this huge resource to ensure that Europeans can draw the maximum benefit from it.   Human rights and equality   One of the EU’s main goals is to promote human rights both internally and around the world. Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights: these are the core values of the EU. Since the 2009 signing of the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights brings all these rights together in a single document. The EU's institutions are legally bound to uphold them, as are EU governments whenever they apply EU law.   Transparent and democratic institutions   As it continues to grow, the EU remains focused on making its governing institutions more transparent and democratic. More powers are being given to the directly elected European Parliament, while national parliaments are being given a greater role, working alongside the European institutions. In turn, European citizens have an ever-increasing number of channels for taking part in the political process.

Where is European Union
Jobs103Location of past and open jobs
Projects1Location of contracts awarded

Careers

5Current jobs
103Total posted jobs

Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Consultant for the Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (ECTAP)
    Tajikistan
  • Communications Officer
    Belgium
  • European Council Traineeships
    Belgium
  • Committee of the Regions Trainee
    Belgium

Staff at European Union have experience in

Sectors

  • development
  • reproductive health
  • research & development
  • market research
  • monitoring / evaluation

Funders

  • european union
  • non-governmental organization
  • deutsche gesellschaft für internationale zusammenarbeit
  • united states agency for international development
  • north atlantic treaty organization

Countries

  • afghanistan
  • kosovo
  • philippines
  • finland
  • lebanon

Skills

  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Current staff

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Company Offices
  • Belgium (headquarters)
  • Brussels
  • Rue Belliard

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Experience

Primary sectors

Monitoring / Evaluation
Events / Training
Vocational Training / Workforce Development
Procurement Process
Public Administration
Economic Policy
Project Support
Research & Development
Architecture / Design
Climate Change
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