An J. (European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment)
“I joined the European Commission 8 years ago, after having passed an EPSO generalist competition. I have a scientific background with a degree in biomedical sciences and a PhD in ecotoxicology. I have been working in the field of chemicals legislation in two different directorates-general; I am currently in directorate-general Environment.
Chemicals are everywhere in our daily life and play a fundamental role in most of our activities, as they form part of virtually every device we use to ensure our well-being, protect our health and security, and meet new challenges through innovation. The field of chemicals legislation is therefore hugely interesting: it has relevance and impact, and can be politically sensitive at times. You may have heard in the news about PFAS pollution, bisphenol A in baby bottles or glyphosate. My work consists of drafting chemicals legislation, working on its implementation and setting out chemicals policy for the future. It involves many contacts with people from other directorates-general in the Commission, the European Parliament and Council, member state competent authorities, industry and non-governmental organisations.
Personally, I find working for the Commission the best job ever: you get the chance to actually make a difference; what you do is relevant and has a real impact on European citizens. There is never a dull moment, I have a lot of autonomy and I get to work in an inspiring international environment with the nicest colleagues. If ever you wanted to work on the topics of energy, climate or environment at a European level, grab your chance with this competition!”