testimonial.jpg"Coming from a national food safety authority and working together with the food safety organisations and institutions from across Europe, I realise the mutual opportunities and common challenges for ensuring that the food of over 500 million European consumers is safe. Boosting cooperation within Europe is the only way to face current and future challenges and I am happy that I contribute in this endeavour. At the end, Europe is what we make of it together!"
Marina Koussathana – AFSCO Unit

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Civil servants from national authorities can work in our scientific or administrative units as Seconded National Experts (SNEs) or Seconded National Experts in Professional Training (NEPTs).

SNEs and NEPTs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EFSA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment, fostering mutual exchange and strengthening cooperation between EFSA and its partners.

Applications are open to staff from public administrations of EU Member States, EFTA countries, public intergovernmental organisations and universities. Staff from third countries and international organisations may be accepted on a case by case basis and subject to the EFSA Executive Director’s approval.

Good communication in English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) and the ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential.

EFSA offers flexible working hours, wellbeing initiatives, training and development opportunities.

Secondment of SNEs can be from a minimum six months up to four years, while NEPTs can work at EFSA for between three and five months.