Gert-Jan Koopman has been Director for Economic Evaluation and Structural Reforms in the Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs since 1 May 2008.
In this capacity, he co-ordinates the Directorate-General's work on structural reforms (including the Lisbon strategy), as well as the Economic Service function which his Directorate, alongside others, performs for the whole of the Commission. Mr. Koopman is also a member of the Commission's Impact Assessment Board which vets all Impact Assessments produced by Commission departments, and reports directly to the Commission's President.
Between 2005 and 2008, Mr. Koopman was Director for Industrial Policy and Economic Reforms in the Directorate-General for Enterprise & Industry. In this capacity, he worked on industrial policy and better regulation, notably the management of the Commission's Action Programme to reduce administrative burdens by 25% by 2012.
From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Koopman advised Commissioner Neil Kinnock, initially as a member of his cabinet with responsibility for transport and later as Head of Cabinet when Mr. Kinnock was appointed Vice-President for Administrative Reform.
Mr. Koopman studied Economics and Latin and Greek at the University of Amsterdam, and worked as a researcher and policy adviser for the University of Utrecht and the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, before joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in 1991.