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Krystle, Communications Assistant

"I am Krystle and I work as a communications assistant at the European Commission in Brussels, I have reduced mobility and I have been working for the European institution since 2002.

I highly recommend applying! No physical handicap is an obstacle, competitions are based on knowledge, not a marathon. Everyone is accepted, nationality, color, gender, physical disability, ... nothing is an obstacle. All EU nationalities from all horizons are represented, the difference is positive. Maltese PRM or Estonian visually impaired, it has no importance. Multicultural means working with others, without making any distinctions. The Institutions have set up services that welcome all types of people, equal opportunities are a real right."

Maurizio, Press Officer

"I am Maurizio, I am the Head of the European Parliament's Liaison Office in Milan. I am blind and I have been working for the EU institutions since 2015, when I started my European career as press officer.

My everyday work consists in dealing with different audiences of Italian citizens – media, youth, students, stakeholders, businesses – in order to raise awareness on European Parliament functioning and activity.

I never had problems because I was disabled. I don’t feel any obstacles. If you have a positive attitude, even if people are ignorant or sceptical, if you’re keen on sharing your experience, you can break walls."


Inês G., Officer responsible for communication and events

I’m responsible for coordinating the organisation of the European Youth Event (EYE). The EYE brings together thousands of young people at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to shape and share their ideas on the future of Europe.

I very much enjoy what I do: my daily tasks are quite varied and I find it rewarding to work with and for young people from the European Union and beyond.

In my role, I coordinate the different teams responsible for the programme, external communication and logistics of the event. I also liaise with the different external parties involved in such a large-scale event to make sure everything comes together smoothly.

I have a background in communication and languages. After my Bachelor’s degree in Communication studies in Lisbon, my hometown, I took a Master's in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College in London.

After a variety of work experiences - mostly working as a freelancer and in the private sector - I joined the European Parliament in 2013. I started working as a translator in Luxembourg, then moved to Brussels to work in internal communication in the field of IT, before taking up my current position in communication and events at the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Communication.

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Lucile C., Press and Media Officer

I joined the European Commission’s department for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) financial stability and financial services in 2019. I first worked on digital and sustainable finance policies before joining the press team. We promote our policies to the press, stakeholders and the wider public in close cooperation with policy units, the Spokesperson service and the Commissioner’s Cabinet.

My duties are to design, plan and deliver communication activities on retail and digital finance, such as press releases, events and campaigns, speaking points, press reviews, or content for our monthly newsletter and social media. I am also in charge of coordinating Eurobarometer surveys, i.e. opinion polls directed at EU citizens, on financial services on for the department. Finally, I am DG FISMA’s internal communication correspondent: I promote staff engagement by relaying important news, organising all-staff meetings, and managing our very own “FISMA TV”!

I have a background in public policy, law and economics and hold a Master in European Affairs. I previously gained experience on European political and economic issues in the French civil service and Senate, Commission representation in the UK, Commission competition department, and in a public affairs consultancy.

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​​​​​​​Mathieu O., Programme manager

I joined the European Commission in 2002 and I currently work at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). I am a Programme Manager for Erasmus+ and part of “European Year of Youth 2022” team.

I am proud to have launched an incredible project called DiscoverEU that gives a chance to 18 years old to win a free travel pass. The fact that my job has an impact on European youth is something that I find very rewarding. My day is spent liaising with youth organisations and young people all over Europe, using social media, disseminating information and building a community of DiscoverEU travellers.

I completed my studies in Marketing and my career path was in advertising. I was always attracted by an international and multicultural environment; and this is why the European Commission was a natural choice for me.

Michelle G. (Εuropean External Action Service, Strategic Communications Division)

Hi, I’m Michelle G. – I come from the tiny island of Malta. I have been working at the EEAS in the Strategic Communications Division for over a decade! Due to my academic background in communications and professional experience in video production with a local TV station in Malta, besides making part of the web team where I am responsible for the daily management of the EEAS website, providing web support to Delegations, and also writing web stories, I was initially going around the EEAS building carrying a camera and tripod for almost 5 years interviewing staff from different divisions, producing videos to allow colleagues to get to know each other and eventually moved on to planning and implementing digital campaigns. I think this is quite a great opportunity for those of you with a communications background to take the plunge and sit for this competition which will steer you directly where you wish to go!