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Friday, 17 February 2017
EU Commission: Joint Press Release: EU and IAEA agree to strengthen cooperation during 5th Senior Officials Meeting
The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took steps to strengthen their cooperation in a range of nuclear activities including nuclear science applications during the fifth annual Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Brussels this week.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, had today a series of bilateral meetings in the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bonn, which she is attending.
Following a complaint from a young EU trainee, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has recommended that the European External Action Service (EEAS) pay all of its trainees an appropriate allowance to allow greater access for young people of all backgrounds.
The EEAS has almost 800 trainees in its delegations around the world whose full time services are not remunerated.
The trainees must cover all of their costs including accommodation, travel and health insurance, a system which clearly discriminates against many young people with limited means.
The Ombudsman says that the allowance should ensure that young people will be encouraged to apply for a traineeship irrespective of their financial status.
"Traineeships in what is in effect the EU's foreign service can be a significant stepping stone in young people's careers and should be available to as broad a range of people as possible," said Ms O'Reilly.