Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Vacancies in the EU

From time to time in Poland you can read complaints that there are not enough of us, Poles, in the EU institutions “and in general the Germans have the power”. Judging from the number of candidates, working for the institutions is a dream of Polish graduates. Recently released statistics show this “German” stereotype in a different light.

Germany represents 16.31% of the EU population. In 2010 only 7.6% of the EU staff came from this country. Last year this number fell by a further percent. It is even worse with the British – they represent nearly 13% of the EU population but among those who start their careers in the institutions, only 2.5% are from UK. It turns out that for the young, talented and educated graduates from rich countries the work in the EU is not financially attractive.

There is also a problem concerning the recruitment of highly skilled professionals with experience. Following the new obligations under the fiscal pact, the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs hardly filled 22 out of 60 vacancies. The reason is similar. The skilled economists would rather work in business because the EU cannot afford their qualifications.

All this sounds encouraging for the Polish graduates who, despite the competition, fight like lions in countless competitions. Very often successfully.

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  1. Absolutely true. It’s so simple mathematical equation, 1500 euros is more than 1500 zlotys. That’s all.

  2. Wow.. I would very much like to see the statistics for all EU countries. Who, if not the Germans are in a relative majority in EU institutions? And which country gives the least EU officials? I wonder where can one find these kind of statistics.

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