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Policy Officer (AD) - External Relations - EU

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Policy Officer (AD) - External Relations - EU
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€52 -  
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Monthly salaries in the European Commission range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

Graduate Entrants to this role commence at Grade AD5 with a salary of €4,349 per month.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

External Relations
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€52 -  
Related Information:
Monthly salaries in the European Commission range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

The Salary for Entrants to this role at Grade AD 5 is €4,349 per month.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: July, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Maintaining diplomatic relations with countries, representing the EU abroad and in the work with multilateral organisations, defining the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy.


The Work header image

The work of an EU external relations officer may include:

  • Taking part in negotiations and implementation of bi- and multilateral agreements between the EU and third countries or international organisations
  • Coordinating the external action of the EU with Member States and various EU institutions
  • Representing the EU abroad
  • Sustaining diplomatic relations with EU partner countries and promoting EU interests
  • Working closely with EU delegations and embassies
  • Drafting political reports, analysis notes and briefings for decision-makers
  • Organising and taking part in high-level meetings subject to official protocol
 


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To work as a Policy Officer in the EU you must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • A degree (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • Several years’ (6 or more) relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7)


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