Mr. Manservisi, a Commission official of Italian nationality and a law graduate, joined the Commission in 1983 from the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade. He has been working in the European policy field for more than 25 years.
From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Manservisi worked as Administrator in DG Agriculture and DG Development. He then served as Cabinet Member of Vice-President Filippo Maria Pandolfi, responsible for research, innovation, and telecommunications, and afterwards of Commissioner Raniero Vanni d’Archirafi, responsible for the Internal Market. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Head of Cabinet and then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Mario Monti, responsible for the Internal Market, taxation and customs, and later for competition.
Mr. Manservisi served as the Head of Cabinet to President Prodi from June 2001 to November 2004.
He was Director General of DG Development from November 2004 to June 2010.
In July 2010, he became the Director General for Home Affairs.
Mr Manservisi lectures at the University of Bologna, Padova and Rome, as well as at the European College in Parma.