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Positive Action Programme for Trainees with a Disability in the European Council

The General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) guarantees 4-6 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals with a recognised disability in the framework “Positive Action Programme for Trainees with a Disability” for candidates with a recognizable disability, and a university degree or be third year students (or equivalent) of a higher education establishment.

Applications for the February 2021 — June 2021 as well as September 2021 – January 2022 traineeship periods are open from 31 August 2020 to 28 September 2020 (noon, GMT +2), for:

  • paid traineeships
  • unpaid compulsory traineeships 
  • positive Action Programme for Trainees with a Disability

In the GSC, reasonable accommodation can include provision or modification of equipment or technical devices, adjustment of policies or practices, etc. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. To provide the appropriate accommodation, a case-by-case examination is therefore needed.

In order to request reasonable accommodation, please send a message to reasonable.accommodation@consilium.europa.eu once you have submitted your application. The request should describe the reasonable accommodation arrangements that you would need during the traineeship and be accompanied by documentary justification of the need for reasonable accommodation arrangements. Please indicate your full name and the candidate number received when submitting your application.

Your request for reasonable accommodation will be handled by the Equal Opportunities Office and will not be visible to the Traineeships Office.

The organisation of traineeships is currently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the uncertainty as to how the situation will evolve, GSC are not able to guarantee that traineeships will take place as planned. As the GSC is not able to guarantee in advance that travelling and working conditions will be such as to make a real traineeship experience possible, changes may be made to the selection procedure and traineeships periods. Candidates will be informed of any such changes in due time.

More information and applications