The authority empowered to decide on admission to all the traineeships governed by
these Rules (‘the competent authority’) is the Director-General of Personnel or his/her
After the adoption of the European Parliament's budget, the competent authority will
decide on the maximum number of paid and unpaid traineeships to be awarded during the financial year and the percentage of traineeships which may be extended under the terms of these
The Advisory Committee on Traineeships (‘the Committee’) is responsible for
monitoring the quality of the content and conduct of the traineeships and for establishing a structure to receive trainees. To that end, it submits recommendations to the Secretary-General. It receives and analyses the reports drawn up by the trainees at the end of their traineeships, together with the assessments drawn up by the trainees’ supervisors. The results of this analysis are forwarded to the Secretary-General and the Director-General of Personnel. It will be
consulted on any plan to amend the Rules.
The Committee consists of one representative from each directorate-general and
autonomous administrative unit, appointed by the Secretary-General from among the officials responsible for traineeships in each of these bodies. The Secretary-General also appoints the chairman of the Committee, the secretary and an observer from the Committee on Equal Opportunities for women and men (COPEC). Members of the Committee, the chairman, the secretary and the COPEC observer are appointed to serve for one year, and their appointment is
be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of an applicant country;
be aged 18 or over on the traineeship starting date;
have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European
Union and a good knowledge of a second;
not have been awarded any other paid traineeship, or have been in paid
employment for more than four consecutive weeks, with a European institution or a Member or
political group of the European Parliament.