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European civil service

Staff working for the European Commission are part of the European civil service.

Around 32,000 permanent and contract employees work in the Commission. These include policy officers, researchers, lawyers and translators.

Code of conduct

European civil servants are guided by and must observe a code of conduct when exercising their professional duties both while in office and after leaving. These rules are laid out in the staff regulations and code of good administrative behaviour.

If a citizen considers that a Commission employee has breached the code of conduct, they may file a complaint. 

Code of conduct for staff

Key figures on European Commission staff

The HR Key Figures and the Statistical Bulletin report the nationality of staff based on their first declared nationality. For geographical balance, use the dedicated corresponding reports, which implement COM(2018) 377 final/2 for this purpose.

21 MARCH 2022
European Commission HR key figures 2022
English
(1.46 MB - PDF)
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4 MAY 2021
European Commission HR key figures 2021
English
(1022.85 KB - PDF)
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15 APRIL 2020
European Commission HR key figures 2020
English
(943.55 KB - PDF)
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16 APRIL 2019
European Commission HR key figures 2019
English
(2.2 MB - PDF)
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6 APRIL 2018
European Commission HR key figures 2018
English
(929.16 KB - PDF)
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8 MARCH 2017
European Commission HR key figures 2017
English
(835.37 KB - PDF)
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22 DECEMBER 2016
European Commission HR key figures 2016
English
(904.92 KB - PDF)
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For help understanding this data, use the Nationality (ISO code).

Statistical bulletin with more figures on staff

2022

28 OCTOBER 2022
Statistical Bulletin - HR - October 2022
English
(995.66 KB - ZIP)
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3 AUGUST 2022
Statistical Bulletin - HR - July 2022
English
(999.77 KB - ZIP)
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19 APRIL 2022
Statistical Bulletin - HR - April 2022
English
(994.08 KB - ZIP)
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19 APRIL 2022
Statistical Bulletin - HR - January 2022
English
(993.41 KB - ZIP)
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2021

8 DECEMBER 2021
Statistical Bulletin - HR - October 2021
English
(953.2 KB - ZIP)
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9 JULY 2021
Statistical bulletin - HR - July 2021
English
(917.13 KB - ZIP)
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1 APRIL 2021
Statistical bulletin - HR - April 2021
English
(683.25 KB - ZIP)
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1 JANUARY 2021
Statistical bulletin - HR - January 2021
English
(924.38 KB - ZIP)
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2020

1 OCTOBER 2020
Statistical Bulletin - HR - 2020
English
(1.96 MB - ZIP)
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2019

3 APRIL 2019
Statistical Bulletin - HR - April 2019
English
(761.63 KB - ZIP)
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1 JANUARY 2019
Statistical Bulletin - HR - January 2019
English
(762.6 KB - ZIP)
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2018

1 OCTOBER 2018
Statistical Bulletin - HR - October 2018
English
(709.09 KB - ZIP)
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Distribution by nationality of EU Institutions' staff

24 AUGUST 2018
Report: Distribution by nationality of European Commission and other EU Institution staff - COM/2018/377
English
(1.02 MB - HTML)
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