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The European Parliament is recruiting people with disabilities

The European Parliament’s positive action programme for the ninth consecutive year aims to recruit people with disabilities to work for the European Parliament Secretariat as contract agents. The European Parliament has stated that it is an ‘opportunity to have a diverse source of candidates and attract competent market entrants with disabilities.’

The EP’s positive action programme will draw up an initial list of 20 candidates. From this pool, the European Parliament annually hires up to six successful candidates as contract agents for a period of one-year (without automatic renewal of contract). The rest of the 20 successful candidates will be added to the list of contract agent candidates for a year and a half and may subsequently be recruited as contract agents (outside the framework of the Positive Action Programme). The procedure is open to people with disabilities who have never previously worked in an EU institution (except for traineeships).

According to the European Parliament’s positive action programme, ‘people with disabilities’ includes those whose with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disabilities of minimum 20%, which may have hindered their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. When applying, candidates must confirm that they meet the following criteria:

Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates include those who:

  • Have disabilities that are equal to or greater than 20% according to the European Physical and Mental Disability Rating Scale;
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen of an EU Member State;
  • Demonstrate a minimum of level C1 (‘thorough knowledge’) in one of the 24 official EU languages; demonstrate a minimum of level B2 (‘satisfactory knowledge’) in another EU language based upon the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

For clerical and secretarial jobs and as assistants:

  • level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma;
  • level of secondary education attested by diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and appropriate professional experience of at least three years;
  • where justified in interest of service, professional training or professional experience of equivalent level.

For administrators:

  • level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma;
  • where justified in the interest of the service, professional training of an equivalent level

How to apply?

Please apply through the Apply4EP platform by the deadline of 25 April 2023, 17:00 (Brussels/Luxembourg Time).

Please provide the relevant supporting documents:

  • Your CV;
  • Diplomas confirming your level of education;
  • Proof of previous work experience (if you have such experience);
  • Your choice of EU language for the test, to be indicated in the declaration form

Whether or not you require any reasonable accommodation for the testing, by clicking the relevant button on Apply4EP’Please carefully read the instructions on how to apply, the complete selection process and the guide for candidates before applying. They can be found here in English and here in French. All of the information is available in 24 languages.