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Staff Member, European Commission or European Parliament (in the EU)

Oct 11, 2023

Last Updated

Policy and Governmental Roles

Possible roles within the European Commission or the European Parliament that are most impactful include: Policy Officer, Data Scientist/Technology Specialist, Policy Officer for Digital Policies and Regulations , Project Officer


A Staff Member in the European Commission or European Parliament is a civil servant or administrative professional who works within the EU's legislative or executive branches, respectively. They may engage in tasks related to policy development, legislative processes, research, and administrative support, assisting in the creation and implementation of EU laws and regulations while contributing to the functioning of these institutions. The term “Staff member” is broad and includes numerous specific roles.

Example tasks

  • Contribute to the preparatory phase of the enforcement of a regulation, by establishing evidence-based approaches, guidelines and analytical frameworks.

  • Contribute to the establishment of sound internal and external procedures and processes.

  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to gather knowledge and evidence to support the application of the regulation.

  • Work with regulated companies, Member States, third parties and other stakeholders to prepare the effective implementation of the rules, including by contributing to secondary legislation, guidelines, codes of conducts, or relevant standards.

  • Support the Directorate-General's work to detect, investigate, and analyze potential infringements of the regulation.

  • Contribute to internal and external knowledge management, training, and communications activities.

Why we think this job is impactful

The role of a Staff Member in the European Commission or European Parliament is essential for mitigating catastrophic risks of AI because these EU institutions play a crucial role in shaping the regulatory and policy landscape around AI. In addition to having a direct impact on the legislation of the twenty-seven EU Member States, the EU’s laws and regulations often have a “trickle-down effect” and important impacts on the legislation and practices of other countries (Brussels effect). Furthermore, the EU is currently at the forefront of legal advancements regarding AI. The EU is currently in the process of adopting the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, which is considered to be the world’s first regulation on AI, and will see its Digital Service Act (DSA) come into force on January 1, 2024. The algorithmic transparency and accountability requirements outlined in the DSA align with and bolster various other EU AI regulatory initiatives, such as the EU AI Act and the EU AI Liability Directive. A Staff Member at the European Commission or at the European Parliament may have the opportunity to take part in the regulation-making and implementation processes, and raise awareness from within.

How Successif can help

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