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Inside the EU bubble: Marta Polusik, assistant to a German MEP
I was born in Poland and raised in Germany, and I moved to Brussels two years ago for my current job as a parliamentary assistant to German MEP Arne Lietz. I mainly deal with topics to do with fair trade, especially women’s rights and sustainable clothing. We recently organised a best practice event with guests from India, Bangladesh and Spain, and we will be holding a fashion show in the spring.
Being a parliamentary assistant is an exciting, fast-paced job, and there is no real typical day. Due to the parliamentary calendar, every week is different. I go to a lot of meetings and working groups. I organise events, plan trips for my MEP, work on amendments and proposals and spend a lot of my time on the phone to other assistants and various organisations. When I have a quiet moment I try to read recent studies or articles relevant to my work. I use these to brief my MEP and keep abreast of the latest developments. We also get a tonne of emails. They all need to be answered with the parliamentary assistants who work in Arne’s home constituency of Saxony-Anhalt.
The best aspect of my job is that I meet and work with people from across Europe and around the world. You get to learn such a lot about other cultures, especially when you deal with development policy like I do. The team around me is fantastic – I’m lucky to be able to work with such a lovely bunch of people every day. But the job can be stressful at times, too. There’s a big workload, and it can be a challenge to coordinate the diary in a way that pleases everyone. In fact, that almost never happens!
Outside of work I love to stroll through Brussels’ evening markets and pretty, winding streets, and meet friends for a drink in one of the city’s many characterful bars. The city has a lot of great festivals, especially in the summer, so life never gets boring. I’m a fan of architecture and photography, and Brussels is the best place to explore both of these passions.