Interimaire are trainees that failed to become Contract Agents and ended up in the institutions’ purgatory: they work hard, pay taxes on their salary (the ultimate Eurocrat’s shame), and have a weekly renewable contract with some greedy service provider. On top of that they receive permanent staff emails, in which Commission’s Unions complain about their violated rights.

Their life balance is incredibly unstable: for every five months they work, they need to take a month off (unpaid). They can also never be sure whether their contract will be renewed. Because of that, they spend most of their time playing matchmaker for their colleagues, in the hope that this might eventually result in a maternity leave (i.e. an open temporary position for them to grab).