Lowrider is quite right in several aspects, I just would rate the situation not as hard as he explains it here. Let's name it like this: Yes you can work here...but....
So you see, in general their is the possibility, it just needs to be arranged.
Let's have a look at two different aspects that have to be considered:
You need a permission to work. If you are citizen of the country or the EU no problem at all. If you have a residence and work permit (similar to what your country calls a green card for non US-citizens) you stay as well and you will also be free to look for a job. If this is not the case, you need to find an employer and this employer needs to proof, that he needs you and can't fill that gap yet by an European citizen. To make this proof sounds more difficult than it is. Imagine, you are available yet, today and can take up your training tomorrow. The European guy might be in a contract and only be available in 3 months, so you are the one....
Second thing is the license. Here are different stages that will be applied. If someone has 500+ hours on type he will normally go right on work. JAA is very liberal in those cases, they say if he flew that plane with an XX-countries license for 500+ hours, its nonsense to send him again to school. They normally give you then a one years time period to obtain the full JAA ATPL, but you can start to work right away. Here as well, normally not the entire course has to be attended. They want you to be familiar with the JAA rules and to know the differences.
If you don't have those 500+ hours on type, it gets more difficult. But again, for every problem is a solution. Just remember, many Europeans go to the US to get their license and they need to have it validated after as well. Things are stricter now than in the past. In this case I would recommend you to contact one of the big providers in flight training like Flight Saftey or CAE
. There is also a large school in Oxford or here in Switzerland for example Horizon Swiss flight Academy ( www.horizon-sfa.ch
). They all deal all day long with those things as most pilots are a "special case".
Switzerland by the way, although not part of the EU has pretty much the same rules, as they are a full JAA member and do have same rules to settle and work as the EU.
Now I wish you good luck for your investigation and many happy landings!