The REA has its own legal personality, but it is supervised and controlled by the European Commission, in particular by the Commission departments with research portfolios.
The REA Director
From 1 November 2012, the Agency is headed by Gilbert Gascard.
As all managers in the Agency, the Director is an EU official seconded from the European Commission. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the Agency implements all the tasks delegated to it. He is also responsible for execution of the Agency's administrative budget, and he acts as the REA's appointing authority (as defined by by the EU Staff Regulations).
The REA Steering Committee
The REA Steering Committee represents the Commission and ensures that the Agency carries out the tasks assigned to it. Together with the Agency's Director, it provides high level management by adopting the Agency's administrative budget and annual work programme, approving an annual activity report and adopting implementing rules for personnel management and public access to documents. The REA Steering Committee is composed of five members who are senior managers from the Commission services. Its Chairman is Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General of the Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General.
Steering Committee Decisions