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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Non-institutional special advisers

Cabinet Name Mission Period from 01/04/2021 until 31/03/2022 - unless otherwise stated
1. von der Leyen Mr Peter Piot Advising the President of the European Commission on policy, initiatives and outreach related to European and global health security in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and other international health threats  
4. Dombrovskis Mr Niels Thygesen Chair of the European Fiscal Board (until 19/10/2022)
4. Dombrovskis Mr Massimo Bordignon Member of the European Fiscal Board (until 19/10/2022)
4. Dombrovskis Mr Mateusz Szczurek Member of the European Fiscal Board (until 19/10/2022)
4. Dombrovskis Mr Roel Beetsma Member of the European Fiscal Board (until 19/10/2022)
4. Dombrovskis Mr Xavier Debrun Member of the European Fiscal Board (until 19/10/2022)
9. Schinas Mr Christos Stylianides Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) outside the EU (From 5/05/2021 until 4/05/2022)
10. Hahn Mr Jean-Claude Juncker Former President of the European Commission (From 5/12/2019 until 4/12/2021)

Institutional special advisers

Cabinet Name Role Exercice 2021 (1/04/2021-31/03/2022 - 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 Mr Jean Fossion External Member of the Audit Progress Committee  
10. Hahn Ms Marilin Pikaro External Member of the Audit Progress Committee  
10. Hahn Mr Christian Pennera Président de L'Instance visée à l'Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) N° 2018/1046 (until 4/07/2021)
10. Hahn Ms Maria Isabel Rofes i Pujol Vice-présidente de L'Instance visée à l'Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) N° 2018/1046 (until 4/07/2021)

DG REFORM – Structural Reform Support

Cabinet Name Role Exercice 2021 (1/04/2021-31/03/2022)
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 Ms Paraskevi Gilchrist To advise on the practical implementation of the Technical Support Instrument provisions relevant to the Recovery and Resilience Facility