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German staff in the European Union

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The German Government is working to ensure an appropriate level of German staffing in the EU institutions in both quantitative and qualitative terms, using a package of diverse measures.

European Commission building in Brussels
European Commission building in Brussels© AA
Nowadays, many aspects of our daily life are governed by the EU. Many of the rules applicable in Germany are the result of directives and regulations from Brussels. It is thus important that German interests be taken into proper account when European legislation is being drafted.

German nationals employed as EU officials can act as intermediaries between German and European points of view, because they are familiar with conditions in Germany and can take them into account when working on European legislation. At the same time, national authorities are keen to obtain a better understanding of EU viewpoints by means of contact with German officials in Brussels.

A regular exchange of information is a key factor enabling the German Government to adopt a stance of its own on draft EU legislation at an early stage, allowing it to feed constructive ideas into the legislative process within the EU.

The German Government is therefore working to ensure an appropriate level of German staffing in the EU institutions in both quantitative and qualitative terms, using a package of diverse measures.

These include active recruitment measures such as talks on working in the EU, the provision of multimedia information about careers in the EU, preparatory events for applicants, individual advisory services and intensive networking in Berlin and in the relevant missions abroad, above all in Brussels.