Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:47
Not really Goldilocks. These policies and decisions are made by representatives of the member states on permanent or temporary secondment form their national civil and foreign services. Locally hired staff are usually lowlier posts such as security staff and basic admins such as secretaries. There's a huge foreign population in and around Brussels to service al the EU departments, embassies to the EU, NATO and Belgian government, lobbyists, NATO and SHAPE employees, World Customs organisation, European head offices of mult nationals, teachers for the EU and international schools and so on.
The upside is that you can find restaurants and shops catering for just about every cuisine in the world.