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Irish People in the EU

There are Irish people working throughout every level of the European Union, in addition to those working in the Irish Representations of the Commission and the Parliament.

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Peter Whitten
Administrator in DG Competition

Originally from Belfast.

About your job: We collect and publish all sorts of information on the subsidies that each country gives to companies. Generally-speaking, subsidies are not permitted if they favour one company over another.
The best thing about the job is working with people from so many different countries and cultures... which is also the greatest challenge!

Why the EU? Didnít have too many other job offers at the time! Good working conditions.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Improvement in the infrastructure

Based: Brussels

Languages: French at school and university
German at school
Italian with girlfriend
Just started a Polish course for something completely different

Books/Music: I like reading Jeremy Paxman (the English, Royalty, Political Animal). All sorts of music - never listen to an entire album