Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission Directorate General

Who we are

Who we are

The Directorate-General

Director-General
Robert MADELIN
+32-2-29 63338

Deputy Director-General

Roberto VIOLA
+32-2-29 60240

Deputy Director-General

Zoran STANČIČ
+32-2-29 62475

Graphic organisation chart:  EN  DE  FR

Components & Systems (Directorate A)

Director: K. Rouhana Tel: +32-2-29 68057

Photonics (Unit A.1)

Head of Unit: W. Boch Tel: +32-2-29 63591

Photonics is a key enabling technology that drives innovation in communications, lighting and manufacturing. It provides solutions to such societal challenges as energy efficiency, sustainable healthcare, safety and security and environment.

Robotics (Unit A.2)

Head of Unit: J. Heikkilä Tel: +352-4301 35325

We cover research, innovation and policies in robotic technologies for industrial and service applications and for their integration into smart environments such as homes, public spaces and factories.

Complex Systems & Advanced Computing (Unit A.3)

Head of Unit: M. Lemke Tel: +32-2-29 91575

We aim to help Europe's manufacturing sector to deliver innovative, high quality products at competitive prices in the area of advanced computing and complex systems.

Components (Unit A.4)

Head of Unit: W. Van Puymbroeck Tel: +32-2-29 68138

We work at the frontiers of hardware & software, an important area for Europe's industrial competitiveness.

Administration & Finance (Unit A.5)

Head of Unit: M. Luciolli Tel: +32-2-29 52617

In order to demonstrate that the EU manages soundly and efficiently the budget entrusted to it, we maintain a high level of quality of service in the execution of our financing decisions, including ensuring timely negotiations; short times to contract, to amendment and to payment; proper handling and compliance of legal, financial and audit procedural aspects. Alongside specific support for monitoring a number of our initiatives, a particular focus this year will be the launch of the new Horizon 2020 programme.

Electronic Communications Networks & Services (Directorate B)

Director: A. Whelan (acting) Tel: +32-2-29 50941

Regulatory Coordination & Business (Unit B.1)

Head of Unit: W-D. Grussmann Tel: +32-2-29 58559

As part of the team regulating electronic communications within the EU, we ensure Member States implement the rules to which they have agreed, notably on access and authorisation of e-communications networks and services, and which provide a predictable & competition-friendly environment including those on the independence and effectiveness of the National Regulatory Authorities. We share the task of monitoring developments in individual Member States with Unit B2.

Regulatory Coordination & Users (Unit B.2)

Head of Unit: V. Terävä Tel: +32-2-29 92381

As part of the team regulating electronic communications within the EU, we focus on the way in which Member States & National Regulatory Agencies deal with the retail market & with consumers. We share the task of monitoring developments in individual Member States with Unit B1.

Regulatory Coordination & Markets (Unit B.3)

Head of Unit: R. Krüger Tel: +32-2-29 61555

As part of the team regulating electronic communications within the EU, we monitor and intervene on proposed regulatory measures in electronic communications markets across the EU, notified by national regulatory authorities.

Spectrum (Unit B.4)

Head of Unit: A. Whelan Tel: +32-2-29 50941

As part of the e-communications team we focus on ensuring that Member States manage radio spectrum effectively, as the basis for a competitive internal market in wireless communications.

Broadband (Unit B.5)

Head of Unit: A. Krzyżanowska Tel: +32-2-29 87246

As part of the e-communications team our job is to boost the roll-out and take-up of the next generation of high-speed Internet networks and services across the EU.

Excellence in Science (Directorate C)

Director: Th. Van der Pyl Tel: +32-2-29 68105

eInfrastructure (Unit C.1)

Head of Unit: A. Burgueño Arjona Tel: +32-2-29 92471

We support the development and deployment of e-infrastructures that will give every European researcher digital skills and digital tools and contribute to a seamless and open European space for online research, the Digital European Research Area.

Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) (Unit C.2)

Head of Unit: A. Fiala Tel: +32-2-29 64787

Our team supports ground breaking, multi-disciplinary exploratory research for future ICT.

Digital Science (Unit C.3)

Head of Unit: J. Cotta Tel: +32-2-29 66407

Our job is to support the emergence of a Digital European Research Area (ERA) where researchers, knowledge, and technologies circulate freely, aided by digital means.

Flagships (Unit C.4)

Head of Unit: Th. Skordas Tel: +32-2-29 68908

We manage a portfolio of pilot research initiatives ("flagships") delivering major breakthroughs in science and technology, with the potential for radically new technologies that can impact the European economy or provide solutions to some of society's biggest challenges.

Administration & Finance (Unit C.5)

Head of Unit: L. Tanis Tel: +32-2-29 68134

In order to demonstrate that the EU manages soundly and efficiently the budget entrusted to it, we maintain a high level of quality of service in the execution of our financing decisions, including ensuring timely negotiations; short times to contract, to amendment and to payment; proper handling and compliance of legal, financial and audit procedural aspects.

Cooperation (Directorate D)

Director: R. Viola (acting) Tel: +32-2-29 60240

International (Unit D.1)

Head of Unit: E. Hartog Tel: +32-2-29 90084

We work on a bilateral level and through multilateral fora, to garner support for the EU's objectives.

Interinstitutional (Unit D.2)

Head of Unit: E. Forti Tel: +32-2-29 65172

The unit is the DG's interface with the other EU Institutions, and the guardian of the planning and procedures which ensure this cooperation results in good legislative & political initiatives.

Communication (Unit D.3)

Head of Unit: D. Ringrose Tel: +32-2-29 93913

We define and help the DG to carry out an integrated communication strategy. This implies shaping views on complex issues within the DG and using the full panoply of tools to present them to external audiences.

Stakeholders (Unit D.4)

Head of Unit: A. Angelova-Krasteva Tel: +32-2-29 91145

This unit ensures that DG Connect is efficient at stimulating, assessing and responding to input from all stakeholders whose views and experience can feed our activities. It will also manage specific initiatives such as "Digital Women", "Digital Champions" and further develop action on corporate social responsibility.

Net Futures (Directorate E)

Director: M. Campolargo Tel: +32-2-29 63479

Network Technologies (Unit E.1)

Head of Unit: Th. Kleiner Tel: +32-2-29 96502

We support research activities on wireless, optical & satellite communication technologies that can cope with the massive projected increases in network traffic.

Software & Services, Cloud (Unit E.2)

Head of Unit: K. Ducatel Tel: +32-2-29 56867

In leading an integrated cloud strategy for Europe.

Net Innovation (Unit E.3)

Head of Unit: J. Villasante Tel: +32-2-29 63521

In order to provide support for web entrepreneurship and Internet businesses in Europe.

Experimental Platforms (Unit E.4)

Head of Unit: P. Blixt Tel: +32-2-29 52902

As a centre of excellence for advanced and integrated network experimentation.

Administration & Finance (Unit E.5)

Head of Unit: I. Malekos Tel: +32-2-29 52902

In order to demonstrate that the EU manages soundly and efficiently the budget entrusted to it, we will maintain a high level of quality of service in the execution of our financing decisions, including ensuring timely negotiations; short times to contract, to amendment and to payment; proper handling and compliance of legal, financial and audit procedural aspects. 

Coordination (Directorate F)

Director: G. de Graaf Tel: +32-2-29 68466

Growth & Jobs (Unit F.1)

Head of Unit: J. Gren Tel: +32-2-29 57394

Overall coordination of the DG Connect contribution to EU growth policies, including the Digital Single Market. Leadership for DAE implementation.

Innovation (Unit F.2)

Head of Unit: V. Peca Tel: +32-2-29 57843

We work to help close the gap between research and innovation, and hence to the creation of jobs in Europe.

Programme Coordination (Unit F.3)

Head of Unit: M. Møller Tel: +32-2-29 63526

We provide the overall coordination of the DG's research and innovation activities, developing, defending and promoting the DG's position in the various coordination bodies, both within and outside the EU.

Knowledge Base (Unit F.4)

Head of Unit: L. Sioli Tel: +32-2-29 51262

We coordinate the data strategy and provide evidence for assessing progress in meeting the Digital Agenda policy targets.

Media & Data (Directorate G)

Director: G. Abbamonte Tel: +352-4301 35160

Converging Media & Content (Unit G.1)

Head of Unit: L. Boix Alonso Tel: +32-2-29 90009

Audiovisual and Media policy and related research. INFSO lead on Copyright. We ensure that the current regulatory environment of the audio-visual media services sector is respected, while preparing a strategy for addressing future developments (such as Connected TV), including the regulatory, research & other challenges related to this process of convergence. We promote respect for media pluralism and media freedom, while helping to facilitate the online cross-border distribution of digital content and consumer access to it.

Creativity (Unit G.2)

Head of Unit: J. Hernández-Ros Tel: +352-4301 34533

The creative industries have an important growth potential as the Internet develops. We provide research funding to areas such as interfaces, simulation and visualisation, games engines, immersive experiences and support the creative industries in their innovation process.

Data Value Chain (Unit G.3)

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Inclusion, Skills & Youth (Unit G.4)

Head of Unit: P. Manson Tel: +35-2-4301 33261

We work to ensure that citizens, especially young people and those at risk of exclusion, are best able to benefit from the Internet and have the necessary skills to do so.

Administration & Finance (Unit G.5)

Head of Unit: G. Kalbe Tel: +35-2-4301 32866

In order to demonstrate that the EU manages soundly and efficiently the budget entrusted to it, we will maintain a high level of quality of service in the execution of our financing decisions, including ensuring timely negotiations; short times to contract, to amendment and to payment; proper handling and compliance of legal, financial and audit procedural aspects.

Sustainable & Secure Society (Directorate H)

Director: P. Timmers Tel: +32-2-29 90245

Health & Well-Being (Unit H.1)

Head of Unit: P. Zilgalvis Tel: +32-2-29 50935

With a brief to coordinate research for health and wellbeing of citizens, including integrated care: short and mid-term, we will target the personalised, preventive healthcare of the future.

Digital Social Platforms (Unit H.2)

Head of Unit: I. Iakovidis (acting) Tel: +32-2-29 52329

We seek to deploy ICT more widely in areas that will allow people to age well.

Public Services (Unit H.3)

Head of Unit: M. Rohen Tel: +32-2-29 63674

We lead the development and deployment of EU Digital Public Services, focussing on cross-border excellence in eGovernment, and based on the eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015.

Trust & Security (Unit H.4)

Head of Unit: J. Boratynski Tel: +32-2-29 69452

We develop policy, research and innovation solutions and carry out activities enhancing the security of Internet networks and services and the protection of citizens' on-line privacy and security.

Smart Cities & Sustainability (Unit H.5)

Head of Unit: C. Maloney Tel: +32-2-29 69082

ICT has the potential to play a key role in meeting the EU's climate and energy targets. We develop the policy framework to ensure that digital technologies improve sustainability in general including energy security and resource utilisation. We also aim to accelerate the deployment of integrated energy, transport and ICT solutions at local level, help better manage flows of goods and people, and allow an EU-wide shift to clean sources of energy, with improved efficiency in generation, transmission and distribution.

Administration & Finance (Unit H.6)

Head of Unit: M. Gonzalez-Sancho Tel: +32-2-29 52918

In order to demonstrate that the EU manages soundly and efficiently the budget entrusted to it, we will maintain a high level of quality of service in the execution of our financing decisions, including ensuring timely negotiations; short times to contract, to amendment and to payment; proper handling and compliance of legal, financial and audit procedural aspects.

Support (Directorate R)

Director: G. Kent Tel: +32-2-29 91945

People (Unit R.1)

Head of Unit: M. Fjalland Tel: +32-2-29 50021

We implement the human resources & staff engagement strategies of the DG, and deal with staff and career issues and related legal matters for the DG.

Finance (Unit R.2)

Head of Unit: M-C. Laffineur Tel: +32-2-29 68515

We manage the finances of the DG, and deal with all budgetary matters, including public procurement, in a spirit of continuous improvement.

Support Systems & Tools (Unit R.3)

Head of Unit: F. Accordino Tel: +32-2-29 98272

We provide the IT systems and tools which are used by the DG. This needs to take into account the transition to the evolving structures of the DG and move to Horizon 2020.

Compliance (Unit R.4)

Head of Unit: K. Engelbosch Tel: +32-2-29 54693

We provide the DG with the legal, internal control & external audit expertise needed to fulfil its mission and to report and benchmark our activities.

Programme Operations (Unit R.5)

Head of Unit: I. Mariën-Dusak Tel: +32-2-29 92376

We support all units across the DG when they work under the existing rules and procedures for issuing calls for proposals and evaluations, carrying out project negotiation and selection and managing projects and grants. Likewise we prepare the future rules, procedures, processes and guidelines for H2020.

(Other Entities)

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Internal Audit (Unit 01)

Head of Unit: F. Sendra Palmer Tel: +32-2-29 54324

We provide independent, objective assurance and advice designed to add value and improve the operations of the Directorate General.

Unit 01

Knowledge Sharing (Unit 02)

Head of Unit: G. Santucci Tel: +32-2-29 68963

We analyse and weigh policy, organisational and administrative options for the fulfilment of the Directorate-General's mission through enhanced processes, tools and practices, including impact assessment, metrics and synergy between the policy, regulatory and research & innovation aspects of the Directorate-General's work.

(Task Forces)

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Legislation Team (eIDAS) (Task Force eIDAS)

Head of Unit: A. Servida Tel: +32-2-29 58186

The task force will lead the development, negotiation and basic implementation of the B eIDAS proposal: proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on trust and confidence in electronic transactions in the internal market (electronic trusted services regulation).