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Enjoy a good work-life balance

At the EPO, staff can opt for various flexible working arrangements, including part-time work, home working and flexitime.

Ever considered playing basketball or tennis at work? Going to a yoga class during lunch? Trying Brazilian ju-jitsu with your colleagues?

For most new staff, joining the EPO means leaving their home town or country. Relocating to one of the EPO sites – Munich, The Hague, Berlin or Vienna – is made easier by frequent social events and a wide variety of clubs and communities where staff can get together in their free time and pursue shared interests.

Each EPO site has its own social committee ("Amicale"), which organises social activities and oversees the various clubs.

Amicale activities

Regular social events play an important role in bringing EPO staff – and their families – together. They include Christmas parties, summer festivals, music parties, after-work get-togethers, children's activities and an annual "inter-Office weekend" for staff from all four sites. The Amicale also co-ordinates all sorts of courses, covering topics ranging from languages and food and drink to fitness and sport.

So how about learning Chinese, discovering the secrets of gourmet chocolate or giving fencing a try?

Clubs and communities

Ever wanted to play in a big band or join a motorbike club? Or get together with other computer buffs and program a next-generation operating system?

There are over 90 special-interest clubs in Munich and The Hague, covering all kinds of sports, hobbies and interests. Under the umbrella of the Amicale, they offer a wide variety of social activities and contact with like-minded colleagues, and help new arrivals settle in quickly. And staff are of course always welcome to start their own clubs to share their interests with others.

Family-friendly environment

Employees receive a childcare allowance to help them finance day care and crèche places.

Unless they are nationals of the country where they are serving, employees may request an education allowance for each dependent child regularly attending an educational establishment on a full-time basis.