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Popular Abbreviations Used in the EU

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Abbreviation Definition
ACER Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
AST Assistant level positions in the EU. (learn more about these positions)
AD Administrator level positions in the EU. (learn more about these positions)
CAST Contract Agents for Specific Tasks.
CARDS Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation
CBT Computer Based Tests that applicants need to take, commonly known as the EPSO tests.
Cedefop European Centre for the development of vocational training
COM Commission document reference
Commission European Commission
COPA Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations in the European Union
CoR Committee of the Regions
COUNCIL The Council of the European Union
DG Directorate General
DG ELARG Directorate-General for Enlargement
ECA European Court of Auditors
ECrA European Crop Association
EEC European Economic Community
EESC European Economic and Social Committee
EFP Entrepreneurs for Progress
EFSH European Fund for Structural Help
EFWS European Federation of Water Suppliers
EGAI European Group of Automobile Industrialists
EGSF European Global Support Fund
ENTSO European Network of Transmission System Operators
EP European Parliament
ERDO European Reconstruction and Development Office
EPA European Public Administration
EPSO European Personnel Selection Procedure
EEAS European External Action Service
EU European Union
EU 15-28 The different nations of the European Union at various periods in time. The different countries now part of the EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, , Malta, Netherlands, , Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
EU ETS European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading system
EUJA EU Justice Affairs
FET Federation of Environment and Transport
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GHG Greenhouse gases
HoU Head of Unit
IPA Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
ITRE Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
MEP Member of European Parliament
MS Member States
NGO Non-Governmental Organisation
NRA National Regulation Authorities
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OEM Original equipment manufacturer
PPP Plant protection product
RES Renewable Energy Sources
RES-H&C Renewable Heating and Cooling
RES-T Renewable Transport
SME Small and Medium Enterprises
WWF World Wide Fund for Nature
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