Matthias OEL

European Commission - Belgium


Matthias Oel is Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation in DG Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission.
Before assuming this position in May 2017 he was Director for Migration and Security Funds in the same DG from January 2016, Head of Unit for Asylum (as of April 2012) and Special Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy (as of January 2010).
Matthias started his career in the German Federal Ministry for Economics and joined the European Commission for the first time in 1995 as Seconded National Expert in the Cabinet of Commissioner Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies (Regional Policy). In 1997, he moved to the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU where he worked as Counsellor for Industry and Regional Policy during the German EU-Presidency 1999. Afterwards he became a Commission official and worked as Parliament and Council coordinator and Assistant to the Director General for Personnel and Administration. From 2004 to 2006, he was Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President G√ľnter Verheugen mainly covering the Industry Policy dossier.
In 2006, he was seconded to Berlin where he worked as Head of the 2007 EU-Presidency Task Force and subsequently Director for European Union Affairs in the Federal Ministry of Interior, until joining the Cabinet of President Van Rompuy.