The ‘cabinet’ operates as a political executive body. Each Commissioner has half a dozen advisers, some of whom are also civil servants, who each focus on several different political areas. The main task of the advisers is to keep the Commissioner informed about his or her policy area, and to help identify political priorities for the Commission in connection with that area. The actual implementation of policy is the responsibility of the civil servants in the relevant directorate-general.
As all Commissioners are collectively responsible for the decisions taken by the Commission, the advisers also keep the Commissioner informed on other policy areas.