The Identification Committee assisted the Commission in selecting the members of the High Level Group at the heart of the Scientific Advice Mechanism.
The three members of the Identification Committee were Sir David King, Prof. Rianne Letschert and Mr António Vitorino. They have a breadth of experience and skills in a broad range of scientific domains and knowledge of EU policy to ensure they could make an objective assessment of the needs for the membership of the High Level Group.
Before the start of the selection process, a call for nominations was published on 14 July 2015 on the SAM website with deadline 10 September 2015.
The nominations were made using the statement of the qualifications ( 72 KB) of the candidates.
The Identification Committee carried out its work from July to October 2015 in accordance with the SAM Identification Committee Terms of Reference and Statement of Methodology (see under Relevant Documents). The final report of the Committee, also on this page, summarises the process and outcomes of their work.
The Committee also reached consensus and proposed to Commissioner Carlos Moedas a short list of suitable candidates for the High Level Group. The short list included a recommendation for seven identified members to be appointed for the first two and a half years. This recommendation was accepted by Commissioner Moedas.
Sir David King
Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change in September 2013. He was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.
Sir David has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003, Sir David was also made an Officier of the French Legion d’Honneur in 2009, for work which has contributed to responding to the climate and energy challenge.
Prof. Rianne Letschert
Prof. Rianne Letschert is professor of victimology and international law at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), where she is also director. Her work combines legal analysis with social sciences methodology. She currently works on a large scale project assessing the impact of international judicial interventions on the wellbeing of victims of international crimes and society at large.
She is a member of the Board of Governance of the Dutch Victim Support Organization, and expert consultant for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on victim issues. In 2013, she was appointed to the Royal Young Academy of Sciences of which she became the chair in April 2015. She is a member of the Dutch Helsinki Committee, a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights and strengthens the rule of law and democracy, in particular in Europe. She is a member of the scientific Committee of NIAS (Dutch institute for advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences).
Mr António Vitorino
President of the Jacques Delors Institute and a lawyer by profession since 1982, he has been an associate at the law firm Cuatrecasas,Gonçalves Pereira & Associados since 2005. Former Professor of Constitutional Law and European Law in the university of Lisbon.
Elected to parliament in 1980, he was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the government of Mario Soares (1983-85), then Deputy Secretary in the government of Macau (1986-87). He was a judge on Portugal's constitutional court (1989-94) before being elected MEP in 1994. In 1995 he became Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Portugal. In 1999 Antonio Vitorino was appointed European Commissioner for Justice and Internal Affairs, a post he occupied until 2004. As a representative of the European Commission he took part in both the convention which drew up the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Convention on the Future of Europe.
IC Background Documents
- Identification Committee Activity report – 17 October 2015 ( 133 KB)
- Identification Committee - Terms of Reference ( 111 KB)
- Identification Committee - Statement of Methodology ( 193 KB)
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