EU Glossary of Terms

Throughout your EPSO application you are likely to be faced with a dizzying array of different abbreviations. These may be in the application form itself, the EPSO tests or at the assessment centre. Here we present a list of the main terms and abbreviations that you may come across.
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Abbreviation Definition
ACERAgency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
ASTAssistant level positions in the EU. (learn more about these positions)
ADAdministrator level positions in the EU. (learn more about these positions)
CASTContract Agents for Specific Tasks.
CARDSCommunity Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation
CBTComputer Based Tests that applicants need to take, commonly known as the EPSO tests.
CedefopEuropean Centre for the development of vocational training
COMCommission document reference
CommissionEuropean Commission
COPACommittee of Professional Agricultural Organisations in the European Union
CoRCommittee of the Regions
COUNCILThe Council of the European Union
DGDirectorate General
DG ELARGDirectorate-General for Enlargement
ECAEuropean Court of Auditors
ECrAEuropean Crop Association
EECEuropean Economic Community
EESCEuropean Economic and Social Committee
EFPEntrepreneurs for Progress
EFSHEuropean Fund for Structural Help
EFWSEuropean Federation of Water Suppliers
EGAIEuropean Group of Automobile Industrialists
EGSFEuropean Global Support Fund
ENTSOEuropean Network of Transmission System Operators
EPEuropean Parliament
ERDOEuropean Reconstruction and Development Office
EPAEuropean Public Administration
EPSOEuropean Personnel Selection Procedure
EEASEuropean External Action Service
EUEuropean Union
EU 15-28The 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 ETSEuropean Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading system
EUJAEU Justice Affairs
FETFederation of Environment and Transport
GDPGross Domestic Product
GHGGreenhouse gases
HoUHead of Unit
IPAInstrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
ITRECommittee on Industry, Research and Energy
MEPMember of European Parliament
MSMember States
NGONon-Governmental Organisation
NRANational Regulation Authorities
OECDOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OEMOriginal equipment manufacturer
PPPPlant protection product
RESRenewable Energy Sources
RES-H&CRenewable Heating and Cooling
RES-TRenewable Transport
SMESmall and Medium Enterprises
WWFWorld Wide Fund for Nature

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