Training, conferences and seminars

In this section you may find information about additional events such as training courses, conferences and seminars which may be of interest to European statisticians. It does not, however, provide an exhaustive list of events.


Sharing of good practices

Training an international audience can be an exciting, rewarding and enjoyable experience. A trainer might already be aware of the potential pitfalls when working with a national audience, however, these pitfalls can be greatly magnified when working with an international audience.

If you would like to know more, check out the this guide: Working with an international audience - guidance for trainers, presenters and consultants. The document is the result of a workshop of several ESTP trainers and provides a wide range of hints and tips to ensure effective training within an international context.

Examples of good practices:

  • Microcensus e-learning programme

The German Federal Statistical Office, Destatis, provides for the first time its successful Microcensus e-learning software as an example for a sophisticated statistical e-learning programme. Registered members of the European National Statistical Offices can download the programme on CIRCABC.


Competence profiles

This section provides information on competence profiles available in Member States as reported by countries in reply to a survey launched by Eurostat in 2008.

Related documents:


Seconded National Experts

Seconded national experts (SNEs or Experts National Detachés, ENDs, in French) are national or international civil servants or persons employed in the private sector who are working temporarily for the Commission. Their task is to assist Commission officials, carrying out the duties assigned to them under the work programme drawn up when they apply for the secondment.

The purpose of secondments is two-fold: to bring to the Commission the experience of issues dealt with in a national administration of the SNE and for him/her to take back home the knowledge of Community issues acquired during the secondment.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the Member States of the EU, of the EEA or of a Candidate Country. They must have at least three years' professional experience, some of which should be in the subject area of the job vacancy. The length of the secondments is for a minimum of six months and up to maximum four years.

The rules governing SNEs working for the Commission include details concerning the rights and obligations, social security, working hours, leave and absences and the allowances and reimbursements to which an SNE may be entitled.

The vacant posts are published on Eurostat's website and are also available at the Permanent Representations, through which the applications should be submitted.

For further info, you may contact Joel Ferreira in Eurostat's Human resources Unit.


Work opportunities in the Commission

The official website of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)provides information about career opportunities in the European Institutions and on ongoing and future competitions.

Laureates of EU competitions can register and update their CV in the EU CV online database.


Blue Book traineeships

Twice a year, the European Commission offers five-month traineeships to young university graduates from EU Member States and from non-EU countries. Eurostat offers traineeships mainly in the fields of statistics, economics, and computer science. They start their traineeship on 1 March and 1 October every year.

The selection and recruitment are organised by the Traineeship Office in Directorate-General Education and Culture. Further information can be obtained on the Traineeships Office page

For further info, please contact Marianne Heinen, Eurostat's Human resources Unit