The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) is the in-house research centre and think tank of the EP. It provides information, analysis and research, on an independent basis, to Members of the European Parliament and parliamentary committees on all EU policies, legislation and issues.
DG EPRS comprises four directorates: the Members' Research Service, the Library, the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, and the Directorate for Resources. In addition, there are three horizontal units within the Directorate-General's central services: the Strategy and Coordination Unit, the Linking the Levels Unit and the European Added Value Unit. The directorate-general comprises a total of 22 units and over 300 staff.
“Empowering through knowledge” is the guiding principle of EPRS, underpinning the mission of the entire DG.
In concrete terms, between 2014 and 2018, EPRS has:
- answered over 11,000 requests for substantive research and analysis from over 90 per cent of individual Members;
- replied to over 2,000 such requests from other parliamentary clients;
- undertaken targeted research work for 17 parliamentary committees;
- treated over 75,000 reference requests from within the Parliament and over 230,000 citizens' enquiries;
- produced over 4,000 publications, currently at a rate of around 700 physical publications and 250 digital-only texts annually.
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The Global Trends Unit identifies, tracks and analyses long- and medium-term global trends, which might affect the European Union. These include changes in the international economic, social or political environments and the subsequent challenges that may arise for EU policy-makers and in particular for the work of the European Parliament. The unit also supports the Parliament’s participation in dialogue with other EU institutions on such trends – notably through the European Strategy and Policy Analysis (ESPAS) process – and facilitates contact more widely with outside organisations, notably think tanks and universities, working in this field.
- Assist the Unit in its work of analysing global long term trends, such as climate change, migration, ageing, populism and artificial intelligence. You will be involved in research and drafting briefs on designated topics for inclusion in the EPRS Global Trendometer.
- Be involved in the Unit's work on the inter-institutional European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS). This also involves administrative arrangements such as communication, planning and managing events like the annual ESPAS conference in October 2019.
- Help facilitate outreach with other organisations within the strategic foresight field.
- We are looking for a trainee with strong organisational and analytical skills who is capable of independent research tasks. Good skillset in writing and drafting are desirable. Communication and event management skills are also needed as you will be helping the team during a busy time of the year.
- Most importantly, you have strong interest in global challenges, foresight and future thinking. You want to help Europe prepare for future challenges by advancing foresight.