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CER - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

Junior Legal Officer

CER - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

Brussels, Belgium

Full-time position

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is currently seeking to hire a Junior Legal Officer to strengthen its work on promoting European policies on sustainable transport.

General responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, the nature of the work performed will be dependent on the current CER working programme with a dominant focus on European Law aspects including transport regulatory issues.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the monitoring of and reporting on EU law & policies (Competition law, Rail transport law, Public Procurement…);
  • Undertaking legal research on European & national law (including monitoring relevant websites, collecting background documents and producing information material);
  • Drafting legal assessments of legislative proposals and cases pending before the European and national courts;
  • Drafting legal memoranda and producing research on a wide range of complex legal issues;
  • Preparing factual background documents on the legal framework of different MS including cases before the courts;
  • Preparing legal opinions as well as other legal work in order to support CER's overall activities;
  • Preparing materials for training workshops & assistance on publications;
  • Attending and reporting on internal and external meetings;
  • Coordinating, organizing and actively participating in internal meetings;
  • Drafting policy papers and other written materials reflecting the interests of the rail sector;
  • Maintaining regular contacts with officials from EU institutions and relevant stakeholders;
  • Supporting rail sector interests at meetings and public events;
  • Providing legal advice to other members of the CER staff.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Law and/or Master of European Law (LLM);
  • 1 to 2 years of relevant work experience in European law and in particular competition law, as well as advice on general EU law;
  • Full professional proficiency in English with excellent writing skills. Any additional major European language is considered a plus;
  • Sound understanding of the structure and functioning of the EU Institutions, Internship in a EU body is a plus;
  • Experience or a demonstrated strong interest in EU transport policies;
  • An organised working style with an ability to meet deadlines, and a pro-active attitude;
  • Team player, able to build good working relationships with colleagues;
  • A flexible and proactive attitude to work combined with an autonomous working style;
  • The ability to translate complex issues into clear messages;
  • Fast learner.

Please note that the above listed qualifications and skills are an essential requirement for the job. Potential applicants that don’t meet these requirements are kindly asked to refrain from applying.

We offer a multi-cultural, dynamic and professionally enriching working environment.

Terms and conditions are competitive, depending on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Qualified candidates should submit a maximum one-page cover letter and two-page CV in English electronically to jobs@cer.be.

Applications will be treated in confidence.

The closing date for applications is 21 September 2017.

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The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) brings together more than 70 railway undertakings, their national associations as well as infrastructure managers and vehicle leasing companies.

CER’s role is to represent the interests of its members on the EU policy-making scene, in particular to support an improved business and regulatory environment for European railway operators and railway infrastructure companies.

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