politjobs job alert EU 2018-08 – Europe’s changing of the guards

The end is nigh – at least of the Commission’s legislative period. Even those too buried in work to see the writing on the wall have now received word with a sledgehammer: Martin Selmayr, the Commission President’s Head of Cabinet and far and wide seen as informally the most powerful person inside the Commission, will change positions to become Secretary General of the European Commission as of 1 March – making him formally the most powerful civil servant inside the Commission.

This came as a surprise coup even to the Human resources chief, Commissioner Guenter Oettinger (who was told two days before the appointment). The appointment is viewed controversially in Brussels where nationality is downplayed but does play an enormous role: apart from the fact that Selmayr is not only respected but often feared, more and more top institutional positions are already or will be put into German hands.

Another German who held a former top position has now experienced a political rollercoaster in Germany, from being seen as his national party’s saviour to receiving open opposition for seeking a role as foreign minister within a few months, after having agreed in a second attempt to join a Grand Coalition between the conservative CDU and the social democrat party SPD.

Those who closely watched could see how emotions got the better of Martin Schulz – understandable yet somewhat sad and clearly adding to the situation, and leaving the potential new German government with a bumpy start. By 4 March, we will know if the SPD members at least support the coalition agreement he negotiated with the CDU: they are currently voting on it.

No German and no woman will get the number 2 position at the European Central Bank: Spanish minister of economy, Luis de Guindos, will become the vice president as of 1 June, having been the sole candidate for this position.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament at least focuses on content files. Two important votes with the EU member states on the electricity market design took place and already signal difficult trialogue negotiations on the energy front.

An even bigger issue is now the preparation for the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – the challenges remain the same, but without the UK, the money will be far less. Commission and Parliament seek to square the circle in less than a year, but Member States already voiced their disbelief in keeping that timetable.

In any case, we know what we will be doing over the next months. As Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc recently stated at an event, there are now three Commission priorities: MFF, MFF and MFF. If that is your cup of tea, find attached some jobs and as usual more on politjobs.eu!

Irina Michalowitz – im@politapps.eu

Tetra Pak seeks Public Affairs & Communications Officer

Our future Public Affairs and Communications Officer will help coordinating our advocacy and engagement with policy stakeholders worldwide, support with the management of our globally dispersed team and contribute to the implementation of public affairs programmes. Main tasks include: Help coordinating our advocacy and engagement with policy stakeholders worldwide (develop stakeholder maps); Develop and implement plans for targeted communications on Tetra Pak’s priority issues (incl. public speaking opportunities, preparation of internal and external meetings and events) (…)

Confederation of European Forest Owners seeks EU Policy Officer

You will work within the CEPF team to contribute to policy and advocacy work. You will mainly carry out the following tasks: Contribute to policy work in areas of interest, such as CAP and rural development, climate and energy policy, bioeconomy, environment etc. (files to be determined depending on the candidate experience and expertise); Gather and analyse information at national level in areas of CEPF interest; Support in framing CEPF positions and engaging with EU institutions; Provide support for organising events and meetings (…)

Motorola Solutions seeks Government Affairs Director

As a Government Affairs Director you will be responsible for: Serving as the primary government affairs contact for the business and the recognized expert on government affairs issues, trends and opportunities in the Europe and Africa region; Closely collaborating with the sales team to support business development by arranging discussions with senior level government officials and gleaning business intelligence; Representing the company within governments, including with regulators, trade associations and academic institutions to position the company as a trusted partner in the government space (…)

Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks sucht Referenten/in

Ihre Aufgaben: Sie unterstützen die Arbeit des ZDH-Lobbyteams vor allem durch intensive Kontaktpflege in die EU-Institutionen hinein und durch den stetigen Austausch und die Zusammenarbeit mit Partner- und Dachverbänden in Europa; Sie sind verantwortlich für die Begleitung der europäischen Entwicklungen in den  Bereichen Normung und Unternehmenspolitik. Kenntnis von EU Förderprogrammen ist ein Plus: Sie verfolgen die europäische Gesetzgebung und Initiativen, berichten über Entwicklungen auf EU-Ebene, Sie sind in Terminvorbereitungen eingebunden und verfassen Gesprächsvorbereitungen (…)

Neste seeks Head of EU Affairs

As Head of EU Affairs, you will be responsible for representing Neste’s views to the European Union decision-makers. You will devise and implement advocacy strategies in view of making sure that Neste’s views on EU legislation are considered by the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Relevant policy fields include EU energy, especially renewable energy, climate, environment and transport policies. You will build coalitions with companies and other stakeholders and represent Neste in key industry associations (…)

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