Our job is to help the European Commission to work smoothly and effectively. We support the whole of the Commission, and in particular the 27 Commissioners, by helping Europe deliver on its promises.
Within an organisation as diverse as the Commission, the Secretariat-General has a special role. We ensure the overall coherence of the Commission’s work – both in shaping new policies, and in steering them through the other EU institutions.
This role carries with it particular responsibilities, for example, we support the day to day work of the Commission, help to ensure that EU laws apply correctly, help Commission departments in their contacts with civil society and support the President in leading on key policies such as our partnership for growth and jobs, sustainable development and the debate on the future of Europe.
We are one of 40 Directorates-General (DGs) and specialised services which make up the European Commission. We have approximately 600 staff, reporting directly to the President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso. We are based in Brussels and are located in the Commission headquarters - the Berlaymont.