Press release

Welsh Secretary encourages Cardiff students to consider careers within EU institutions

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan today [Wednesday 16 February] visited Cardiff University along with Europe Minister David Lidington…

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Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan today [Wednesday 16 February] visited Cardiff University along with Europe Minister David Lidington to encourage students to consider a career in the EU Civil Service.

Students were given an insight into what it’s like to work in Brussels and found out why it’s important that Wales and the UK is represented within the EU Civil Service.

The opening date for applications for the next EU competition, the entrance exam to join the EU Civil Service, is 16 March.  Thanks to a revised recruitment system, final-year undergraduates can now apply, and the recruitment process has been reduced to around nine months.

Mrs Gillan said:  “With this month dedicated as EU Careers Month it is a fitting opportunity to highlight the many benefits of working in the EU Civil Service for both graduates and for Wales.  We need civil servants speaking up for the interests of Wales at the heart of Europe.  The UK is under represented within the EU Civil Service in comparison with other member states and we need to correct this.

“A career in the European Civil Service offers a great opportunity for graduates to broaden their skills and life experiences - and then, in many cases bring that wealth of new experiences back to Wales.  These posts are unique opportunities and I would encourage any graduates with an interest in the EU to take up the challenge of a career in Brussels.”

Europe Minister David Lidington said:  “The EU needs outstanding generalist civil servants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, as well as specialists such as lawyers, economists, auditors, interpreters and statisticians.  These are careers packed from the outset with interesting, challenging work that really makes a difference:  shaping the policies, creating the legislation and negotiating the solutions which make the headlines across Europe every day.  I encourage all students and professionals who might be interested in an EU career to visit our website.”

EU Careers Month is supported by the launch of a new website which contains top tips, videos, case studies, blogs and useful information about careers in the EU Civil Service.  For further information on careers in the EU Civil Service, please visit


Published 16 February 2011