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Aleks, δημοσιονομική διαχειρίστρια

«Χαίρετε, το όνομά μου είναι Aleks και εργάζομαι ως δημοσιονομική διαχειρίστρια στη Γενική Διεύθυνση Προϋπολογισμού (ΓΔ BUDG) της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής. Οι κύριες αρμοδιότητές μου αφορούν τους τομείς της χρηματοδότησης πράσινων ομολόγων της ΕΕ και του συντονισμού της διαχείρισης περιουσιακών στοιχείων. Είμαι επίσης μέλος της ειδικής ομάδας της Επιτροπής για την ισότητα.

Οι συνάδελφοι στη μονάδα μου, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της προϊσταμένης της μονάδας, οι οποίοι ήταν οι πρώτοι που γνώριζαν την ταυτότητα φύλου μου, ήταν πολύ υποστηρικτικοί και έδειξαν κατανόηση όσον αφορά τη μετάβασή μου. Τελικά, όταν το σύνολο της Γενικής Διεύθυνσης έλαβε γνώση της ταυτότητάς μου, μπορώ να πω με σιγουριά ότι δεν βίωσα ούτε μια κακή εμπειρία. Αντίθετα, όλοι και όλες με υποστήριξαν και έδειξαν περιέργεια με ευγενικό τρόπο. Ετοίμασα επίσης υλικό για ζητήματα που αφορούν τα τρανς άτομα από κοινού με τα ανώτερα διοικητικά στελέχη, μια πρωτοβουλία που έγινε ιδιαίτερα αποδεκτή από όλους και όλες. Η ΓΔ BUDG προσφέρει ένα ασφαλές εργασιακό περιβάλλον στα τρανς άτομα. Φυσικά, εξακολουθούν να υπάρχουν προκλήσεις, ιδίως όσον αφορά την αναγνώριση και τα ψηφιακά διοικητικά συστήματα, αλλά σημειώνονται θετικές αλλαγές και είμαι χαρούμενη που βλέπω τις διάφορες εσωτερικές επιχειρησιακές ομάδες και ομάδες εργασίας, στις οποίες συμμετέχω, να εργάζονται για την περαιτέρω βελτίωση των υφιστάμενων συστημάτων.

Έχουμε ακόμη πολύ δρόμο να διανύσουμε, αλλά βρισκόμαστε στη σωστή πορεία. Πιστεύω ότι τα τρανς άτομα θα τύχουν θερμής υποδοχής σε οποιαδήποτε ομάδα της Επιτροπής κι αν εργαστούν.»

Aude, European Parliament

"Multilingualism - the possibility to express and inform oneself in any official language - plays a key role in Europe. This makes my work at the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Translation useful. As the leader of the team responsible for TRAD’s statistics, I can analyse and make available information about the use of languages, as well as show the work of our translators. I like the fact that my work includes different skills. I am working with the technical part of data processing as well as the design of metrics to monitor the situation. Therefore, collecting, cleaning and organizing data is my daily job, in addition to creating new metrics fitting our management needs and issuing/reworking our indicators set."

Nicola, European Commission (Eurostat)

"Official statistics are not just dry numbers: they are the lifeblood of democracy. They are essential for policy makers to make informed decisions, as well as to inform citizens on how economies and societies evolve, so that they can form their own opinion.

I am proud to work in Eurostat’s Directorate on Macroeconomic statistics, as the figures we produce – for instance on Gross Domestic Product or Household Price Index (i.e. inflation), just to mention two very well-known macroeconomic indicators –, crucially support the economic policy of the EU."

Martin, European Commission (Eurostat)

"At Eurostat we’re developing the European statistics of tomorrow. 

As a statistician, I could not have been part of such a variety of challenging and meaningful projects anywhere else. 

At the heart of the European Statistical System, this is the place to do exciting stuff while making a difference!"

 

Gabor (European Commission)

“I started my Commission career in DG ECFIN and have been working for DG Competition in the last ten years as a member of the Chief Economist Team. This group of roughly 30 economists is involved in those competition investigations that require in-depth knowledge of economic theory or complex empirical contributions. Working at the Chief Economist Team gave me the opportunity to work on mergers and acquisitions in several industries, from petrochemicals to stock exchanges, and to contribute to some of the most interesting antitrust investigations concerning Google’s and Amazon’s digital services. Besides the case-specific work we are also involved in policy projects, for example I co-authored a study on how industrial concentration changed in Europe in the last 20 years. As an economist trained in empirical industrial organisation and interested in competition policy, this is indeed a great place to work.”

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Soledad (Council of the EU)

I joined the Council’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in 2016, and this is my second post here. In my first post I had the unique opportunity to be responsible for the negotiations on the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the main programme of NextGenerationEU, the post-pandemic recovery plan.

In my current post in the Budget and Cohesion Unit, I am in charge of the budget heading dealing with the Union’s external action, and as a result I was also fortunate enough to be responsible for the negotiations on the EUR 18bn macro-financial assistance package to Ukraine for 2023.

Before coming to the Council, I worked in DG FISMA at the Commission, and before that I worked at the European Parliament, where I had the chance to support the negotiations on the so-called six-pack and two-pack (the Stability and Growth Pact and the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure).

In sum, while I don’t work as a hardcore economist, my job does require the thinking, the knowledge and the type of analysis that an economist’s work does. Having a handle on the figures and being able to interpret them is always a valuable skill to bring to your work. And as you can see, you can switch institutions as and when it suits you, which also enriches your growth and your work – particularly, for example, during negotiations. I’m never bored!

Preslav M., βοηθός στον τομέα των χρηματοοικονομικών

Εργάζομαι στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο εδώ και πέντε χρόνια. Στη μονάδα μου, συμβουλεύουμε και υποστηρίζουμε τα μέλη του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στη διαχείριση των συμβάσεων των τοπικών βοηθών και των τοπικών παρόχων υπηρεσιών. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, ο όρος «τοπικός» σημαίνει ότι οι εργασίες πραγματοποιούνται στις χώρες στις οποίες εκλέχθηκαν τα μέλη του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου. 

Ο ρόλος μου είναι να διασφαλίζω ότι τα αιτήματα των μελών του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου διεκπεραιώνονται με επαγγελματικό τρόπο και ότι οι πληρωμές προς το προσωπικό τους και τους παρόχους υπηρεσιών πραγματοποιούνται εγκαίρως. Σημαντικό μέρος της εργασίας μου είναι η επαλήθευση και η διασφάλιση της νομιμότητας και κανονικότητας των εν λόγω πράξεων, με την εξασφάλιση της τήρησης των κατάλληλων κανόνων. 

Η ποικιλία των καταστάσεων και των ερωτήσεων με τις οποίες ασχολούμαι καθημερινά, ενώ παράλληλα έχω άμεση επαφή με τα μέλη του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου και τους βοηθούς τους, θεωρώ ότι είναι η πιο δύσκολη αλλά και ενδιαφέρουσα πτυχή της εργασίας μου. Επιπλέον, μου προσφέρει ικανοποίηση το να γνωρίζω ότι το έργο μου συμβάλλει στη χρηστή και διαφανή διαχείριση των οικονομικών και του προϋπολογισμού του Κοινοβουλίου.

Yolanda (DG ECHO)

"Crisis management encompasses the response to emergencies, in Europe and around the world. Organised along the pillars of civil protection and humanitarian aid, crisis management, for DG ECHO, means tight deadlines, coordination with the other EU institutions and the Member States and with international organisations, travel, and, most of all, the sense that you are doing something that brings tangible benefits to millions. I work in communication – keeping the public informed on what the Union is doing in response to crises from the COVID-19 pandemic to the activation of the civil protection mechanism for Ukraine, to the organization of humanitarian air bridges to the strengthening of the EU’s firefighting fleet. Every day brings something different."

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Sophie, European Commission

“European transport policy touches upon everyone’s daily lives. That is what I realised soon after I started working in the Transport Committee of the European Parliament 15 years ago. I am now in DG MOVE (Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport) in the inter-institutional relations team.

In this coordination unit, you have a very good overview of the DG and the pending ad upcoming MOVE proposals. It’s a perfect position to understand the working methods and dynamics of other institutions as well. It is extremely interesting to closely follow the proposals though the different stages of the co-legislation process and to see how the text evolves in the Council working parties/Coreper meetings and parliamentary Committees/plenaries, and later during the trilogue negotiations”.

 

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Adja (European Commission - Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs)

Applying for EPSO’s competition for economists can be a great opportunity from many respects!

Hi, my name is Adja and I am a macroeconomist at the European Commission, DG ECFIN. I have a Ph.D. in applied international economics (major econometrics) from the University of Namur. Before joining the European Commission, I worked in the Federal Planning Bureau in Brussels.

Since 2019, I am working in the field of EU fiscal policy. I first spent some years in the unit in charge of the coordination of Member States’ surveillance in the context of the Stability and Growth Pact. Being in constant interaction with many units and colleagues across the DG, was a great experience, which definitely has developed both my practical knowledge on the application of the Pact, a cornerstone of the EU policy, and my leadership skills. It also widened my horizon as regards the different factors driving the EU fiscal policy and public debt developments.

As a result, I recently joined the unit responsible for monitoring and assessing the sustainability of EU public finances in relation to fiscal risks stemming, for instance, from ageing population and related issues (like pensions, health care and long-term care spending), green transition or banking sector. This is a very exciting job, involving a holistic approach to consider fiscal risks arising outside the realm of public finances stricto sensu, some of these risks being also part of the EU major challenges ahead.

So, what can you expect if you work for the European Commission?

  • First, you will have the opportunities to deal with many challenges and responsibilities, that are linked to EU policies with a direct impact on Member States,
  • Second, you will work with various talented and inspiring colleagues from different backgrounds, both cultural and professional ones.
  • Finally, you will also have many occasions to be involved in a broad variety of topics ranging, for instance, from macroeconomic forecasts to the implementation of EU fiscal rules.

So just give it a try, have a look at the Notice of Competition and apply!