European parliamentary assistant

The everyday life of the European Union's finests
When it’s finally the summer recess.

Enjoy your holidays and see you in a month !

When it’s finally the summer recess.

Enjoy your holidays and see you in a month !

saszoneusz asked: Hey! I greatly enjoy your blog, it's hillarious. On a side note, how's the (lack of) the life - work balance as MEP assistant? I understand the working's week tough, but what about weekends? And how realistic is to assume one would have time to go back home every once and then (that is at least once a month). Cheers!

Hi there !

The life-work balance depends of your MEP. Some are very demanding, even when things are calm in the Parliament, while some are not. You can perfectly have a MEP who will call his/her assistant on a Sunday to ask him/her something or request a note on a subject for the next day. And you have an important dossier on the next week, you can perfectly have to come to the Parliament during the week-end to work. But apart from that we enjoy our weekends just like everyone else :)

About the frequency of trips back home, it depends of where you come from. It is easy to go back home once a month if you’re from France or the Netherlands, but it’s another thing if you’re from Greece or Latvia.

Hope I answered your question !

mepassistant

When you have nothing to do in the office, because of the incoming summer break.

When you have nothing to do in the office, because of the incoming summer break.

When you actually manage to leave the office early and enjoy the sun.

When you actually manage to leave the office early and enjoy the sun.

When you’re stuck in the office while it’s sunny outside, for once.

When you’re stuck in the office while it’s sunny outside, for once.

When the first item of discussion in the committee is the budget.

When the first item of discussion in the committee is the budget.

Anonymous asked: Hey, first thanks a lot for your great tumblr - really enjoying it! Do you know any MEP political adviser and if yes, do you know how they got the job? Or is it actually the same as working as assistant? Thanks a lot!

Hi there !

Tough question, because it depends of what you call a MEP political advisor. There is no such official status for that in the Parliament (at least not for individual MEPs, these posts exists only for political groups). The assistants act as political advisors regarding the legislative work in the Parliament, that’s part of our job, but apart from that it will depend of the needs of the MEP and the relationship with him/her.

Some of us are hired for our technical background (knowledge of the EU or some fields the MEP wanna work into) while other are hired for their political background (if they are members of the MEP’s party, have connections or even worked for the MEP before he/she was in the Parliament). It is at the discretion of the MEP. For instance he/she can choose to hire only technical people or only political people or a mix of the two, depending of his/her needs. Even though I would tend to say that the pure (national) political part is more handled by the local assistants than by the accredited assistants.

So if you want to do pure political advisement, I’d say that the best path is to developp your network as much as possible, either by working for a party, or by putting your chips on one particular person.

Hope it was helpful !

mepassistant

When it’s a day off but you’ve got to go working in the Parliament anyway.

When it’s a day off but you’ve got to go working in the Parliament anyway.

When you have a unexpected free day off thanks to some national holiday.

When you have a unexpected free day off thanks to some national holiday.

Anonymous asked: I want to apply for an assistant position. Is there any advice you can give me regarding my cover letter? Thank you!

Hi there,

As an infamous book/TV show character (who would have been a terrific MEP) once said : Information is power.

Dig deep into profile of the MEP you wanna apply to and adapt your cover letter to that profile. There’s no need to say that you are an expert on agriculture if the MEP is in the TRAN or SEDE committee. If you have any political activities, come from the MEP’s constituency or speak 10 languages, mention it.

Also keep the letter short, if the MEP reads the cover letter (most of the time if an office is hiring the assistants will go through the application and select some of them to show to the MEP), he doesn’t want to read a book, he needs to be done with it in 30 seconds.

Hope it helped !