European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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The European Union should start paying all its trainees at delegations abroad, the European Ombudsman said Friday, judging that the current practice of unpaid internships unfairly favoured a privileged few.The ombudsman, which investigates complaints at EU bodies, said the European External Action Service (EEAS) employed some 800 unpaid trainees at its delegations worldwide.The EEAS had a staff of 4,189 at the end of 2015, with 2,261 in its various delegations in 139 countries.
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