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Minister Byrne launches campaign to promote EU career opportunities for Irish people

Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne T.D., has launched a public communications campaign aimed at highlighting career opportunities available to Irish people to work in the EU Institutions.


Minister Byrne said:


Encouraging and supporting Irish people to pursue a career in the EU is an integral part of ensuring that Ireland maintains its influence within the EU’s institutions. It is imperative that Irish citizens continue to serve in the EU institutions. By doing so, Irish people will remain at the heart of Europe and maintain influence over the course that it will take in the years to come.


“The ‘A Career for EU’ strategy I launched last May aims to improve awareness of EU careers in Ireland, increase the number of Irish people applying for jobs in the EU institutions, and provide targeted supports to Irish candidates, who are preparing for an EU jobs competition.”




Minister Byrne also spoke to students and graduates yesterday at the GradIreland career fair about opportunities available to Irish people to work for the EU and the supports and training that the Government offers to those who apply.


Speaking at GradIreland, Minister Byrne said:


“The work of the EU is wide-ranging and as a result, it recruits people with a variety of skill sets and from all backgrounds, including law, science, economics, languages, agriculture and technology. These positions offer meaningful work, which can impact the lives of 450 million EU citizens.”


“Under the ‘A Career for EU’ strategy, significant practical supports are offered by the Government to those applying for permanent positions. These supports include information sessions about new competitions, practice test material, training webinars, interview coaching, and a number of full scholarships for Masters programmes at the College of Europe.”

More information about careers in the EU and the supports that the Department of Foreign Affairs provides to Irish candidates for EU jobs can find out more at: