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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Non-institutional special advisers

CabinetNameMissionTerm
1/4/2018 - 31/03/2019
1. JunckerMrs Catherine DayTo advise on strategic issues related to the Multi Annual Financial Framework
1. JunckerMr Alexander ItalianerTo advise on strategic issues on the EU's agenda, in particular the Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit Preparedness
1. JunckerMr Allan LarssonTo advise on the Social Rights Pillar
1. JunckerMs Joëlle MilquetTo advise on compensation for victims of crime
1. JunckerMr Luc Van den BrandeTo advise on outreach towards citizens
1. JunckerMr Jacques DocquiertTo advise on strategic issues related to outreach, communication and mediaFrom 10/10/2018
2. TimmermansMr Jonathan HolslagTo advise on constitutional and political developments of the EU, in particular from an international perspective
2. TimmermansDr Luuk Van MiddelaarTo advise on constitutional developments and interinstitutional relations within the EU
3. MogheriniMs Nathalie TocciTo coordinate the implementation of the European Union global strategy, building on the progress made in the first implementation year and the new priorities agreed by the EU Member States, supporting global governance and the United Nations, regional organisations and other forms of regional cooperation both within and outside Europe
5. AnsipMr Taavi KotkaTo advise on digital single market issues and on egovernance in particularuntil 30/09/2018
5. AnsipMr Najat Vallaud-BelkacemTo promote digital skills in education, with main focus on primary and secondary schoolsuntil 31/08/2018
5. AnsipMr Guillaume KLOSSATo give strategic advice on the opportunities and challenges related to the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain in the EU, with a focus on the media sectorFrom 10/10/2018
7. DombrovskisMr Siim KallasTo provide strategic and political advice on future of EMU, economic relations with Eastern neighbourhood
7. DombrovskisMr Christian ThimannStrategic and polical advice on sustainable finance following up to the work of high level expert group on sustainable finance
7. DombrovskisMs Inna ŠteinbukaTo advise on deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the European SemesterFrom 10/10/2018
7. DombrovskisM. Niels ThygesenPrésident du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant(until 19/10/2019)
7. DombrovskisM. Roel BeetsmaMembre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant(until 19/10/209)
7. DombrovskisM. Massimo BordignonMembre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant(until 19/10/2019)
7. DombrovskisMme Sandrine DuchêneMembre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant(until 19/10/2019)
7. DombrovskisM. Mateusz SzczurekMembre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant(until 19/10/2019)
8. KatainenMs Valerie HerzbergTo advise on the competitiveness of the European Economy
9. OettingerMr Claude CheneTo advise on human resources policy in general
9. OettingerSzabolcs FazakasTo advise in the field of discharge procedures and to provide advice regarding financial programmes
9. OettingerMr Eckart GuthTo provide expertise on post-2020 multiannual financial framework
9. OettingerM. Ivailo KalfinTo advise on the relations with the European and National Parliaments, as well as budget revenue01.04.2017 - 30.06.2019
9. OettingerMr Mario MontiTo follow up on the work of the High Level Group on Own Resources
10. HahnProf. Dr. Franz Schausberger

To provide expertise on regions and cities in enlargement countries as well as in countries covered by the neighbourhood policy

11. MalmströmMr Jan Eric FrydmanTo advise on Trade Policy notably on relations to the United States
11. MalmströmMr Carl B. HamiltonTo advise on trade policy and how to communicate around it
11. MalmströmMs Anna Terrón CusíTo advise on designing closer cooperation with the Southern neighbourhood
12. MimicaMr Ján FigelSpecial Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU(from 6/05/2018 until 5/05/2019)
13. Arias CañeteMr Francisco Javier Elorza CavengtTo advise on the Multiannual Financial Framework and International Climate and Energy Finance
14. Karmenu VellaMr Reinhardt PriebeTo attend the Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) for the European Commission1/10/2014 - 30/9/2017 & new contract: 4/10/2017 - 3/10/2019
15. AndriukaitisMs Dagmar Roth-BehrendtTo advise on the assessment of the situation of executive agencies of DG SANTE, with regard to various horizontal topics, including making suggestions on how to change issues specific to each agency and assisting in discussions with them
18. Pierre MoscoviciMr Panayotis CarvounisTo support the Commission's work on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) for Greece until its conclusion, expected in Summer 2018. To advise the Commissioner on the economic, political and social situation in Greece
19. Christos StylianidesMr Sofronis CleridesTo advise on the economics of natural disasters and the RescEU policyFrom 10/10/2018
20. HoganGraham MeadowsTo prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy in the portfolio of the Commissionner
20. HoganMr Robert FitzhenryTo prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy within the portfolio of the CommissionerFrom 10/10/2018
22. BulcMr Stefan SchäferTo advise on improvement of existing decarbonisation visions and their political, economic and cultural contextsFrom 10/10/2018
23. BienkowskaMr Piotr TataraTo advise on key elements and megatrends shaping longer term vision for the development of tourism, including its consequences for policy making, the next MFF and the agenda of the new Commission. To advise on building links with other EU policies, to the agenda of other organisations dealing with tourism
24. JourováDr Wolfgang BrandstetterTo advise on future of criminal law and rule of law
24. JourováSri Kumar VishwanathanTo provide strategic advice on how to systematically address the issue of Roma and ethnic minorities integration in view of assessment of needs and forward planning of the Roma/minorities policy developmentFrom 10/10/2018
25. NavracsicsProf. Pierluigi SaccoTo advise in the field of cultural heritage
26. CretuMr Walter DeffaaTo advise on specific regional and urban policy issues
26. CretuMr Jean-Charles LeyguesTo advise on budgetary and implementation issues in the framework of the regional policy
26. CretuMr Nicholas MartynTo advise on effectiveness and control in the framework of the regional policy
27. VestagerMr Jacques CrémerTo provide advice to underpin the development of competition policy and enforcement in the digital era
27. VestagerMr Yves-Alexandre de MontjoyeTo provide advice to underpin the development of competition policy and enforcement in the digital era
27. VestagerMs Heike SchweitzerTo provide advice to underpin the development of competition policy and enforcement in the digital era
28. MoedasMr José Albino Da Silva PenedaTo advise on economic and social dimension of research and innovation policies
28. MoedasProf. Mariana MazzucatoTo advise on productivity policy, innovation strategy and mission-driven science and innovation
28. MoedasMr Jürgen RüttgersTo provide strategic and political advice on the role of Horizon for European industryFrom 10/10/2018

Institutional special advisers

CabinetNameRoleTerm
1/4/2018 - 31/3/2019
9. OettingerMr Arjen W.H. MeijPresident of the Disciplinary Board
9. OettingerMr Jean-Pierre GaritteExternal Member of the Audit Progress Committee
9. OettingerMs Caroline MawhoodExternal Member of the Audit Progress Committee
9. OettingerMr Michael SchrenkExternal Member of the Audit Progress Committee
9. OettingerM. Christian PenneraPrésident de L'Instance visée à l'Article 108 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) N° 966/2012(until 17/11/2018)
9. OettingerMme Maria Isabel Rofes i PujolSuppléant du Président de L'Instance visée à l'Article 108 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) N° 966/2012 2(until 17/11/2018)
Secretariat-General - Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS)
7. DombrovskisMr Francisco García MoránTo provide support in the field of digital policies, e-government, IT governance, IT security and IT organization, operations and services
7. DombrovskisMme Paraskevi GilchristTo provide support with the amendment of the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP); to provide support in the field of public financial management and in the field of structural funds
7. DombrovskisMr Stephanos SamarasTo provide support in the field of implementation of structural funds (in particular Agriculture and Rural Development Funds and Fisheries and Maritime funds)

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