Role of special advisers

Special advisers are selected based on their expertise and qualifications. There are two types: 

Non-institutional special advisers provide direct assistance to the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Commissioners of the European Commission.

Institutional special advisers assist institutional bodies of the Commission.

General information on aspects of remuneration/days of work

Special Advisers work on a short-term basis for a very limited number of days per year (on average around 25) and these days may be remunerated or not (they are not for former Commission officials for instance). The amount of the fees per day of service is in principle set at three separate levels: 1/22 of the basic salary of an official on the first step in grade AD9, AD10 or AD12.

Appointing special advisers

Each special adviser must sign a document declaring that there is no conflict of interest between their duties as adviser to the European Commission and their other activities. 

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List of designated Special Advisers: Past

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List of designated Special Advisers: Current

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Non-institutional special advisers

Cabinet Name Mission Period 
1. von der Leyen Mr Peter Piot To advise the Commission in supporting and steering research and innovation in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic 7/05/2020-31/03/2021
4. Dombrovskis Mr Niels Thygesen Président du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant 20/10/2019-19/10/2021 
4. Dombrovskis M. Roel Beetsma Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant 20/10/2019-19/10/2021 
4. Dombrovskis M. Massimo Bordignon Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant 20/10/2019-19/10/2021 
4. Dombrovskis M. Mateusz Szczurek Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant 20/10/2019-19/10/2021 

Institutional special advisers

Cabinet Name Role Exercice 2020 (1/04/2020-31/03/2021 - unless otherwise stated)
10. Hahn Mr Arjen W.H. Meij President of the Disciplinary Board
10. Hahn Mr Jean-Pierre Garitte External Member of the Audit Progress Committee
10. Hahn Ms Michael Schrenk External Member of the Audit Progress Committee
10. Hahn M. Christian Pennera Président de l’instance visée à l’Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) 2018/1046 (until 4/11/2020)
10. Hahn Mme Maria Isabel Rofes i Pujol Vice-présidente de l'instance visée à l'Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) 2018/1046 (until 4/11/2020)

DG REFORM – Structural Reform Support

Cabinet Name Role Exercice 2020 (1/04/2020-31/03/2021)
17. Ferreira Mr Francisco García Morán To provide support in the field of digital policies, e-government, IT governance, IT security and IT organization, operations and services
17. Ferreira Mme Paraskevi Gilchrist To provide expertise and support to the negotiation procedures of the Reform Support Programme (RSP)
17. Ferreira Mr Stephanos Samaras To provide support in the field of implementation of structural funds (in particular Agriculture and Rural Development Funds and Fisheries and Maritime funds)

Special Adviser in charge of relations with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

4. Dombrovskis Mr Horst Reichenbach Member for the European Union of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (until 30/06/2020)