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

Cabinet Name Mission Period from 08/07/2020 until 31/03/2021 - unless otherwise stated)
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
2. Timmermans Dr Luuk Van Middelaar

Provide advice on inter-institutional perspectives on the Green Deal, in particular on developments in the Council

2. Timmermans Ms Laurence Tubiana To advise on climate policies and sustainable development
2. Timmermans Ms Adélaïde Charlier To give the perspective of youngsters on Green Deal and Climate policies
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
4. Dombrovskis M. Xavier Debrun Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant 9/09/2020-19/10/2021
4. Dombrovskis Ms Inna Šteinbuka To advise on deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the European Semester
5. Borrell Mr Jeffrey Sachs To advise the HR/VP on cooperation policy
5. Borrell Ms Daniela Schwarzer To advise the HR/VP on the international role of the EU
5. Borrell Mr Federico Steinberg To advise the HR/VP on global economic governance
5. Borrell Ms Nathalie Tocci To advise the HR/VP on framing the EU global strategy
6. Šefčovič Mr Bertrand Piccard To advise the Vice-President on emerging mega-trends affecting the EU, with a focus on decarbonisation and circular economy, and to contribute to the brainstorming on strategic foresight priorities, in particular those related to the green transition and challenges of sustainability
6. Šefčovič Ms Pascale Ehrenfreud To cooperate directly with and advise the Vice-President on shaping the strategic foresight agenda and mobilising key stakeholders to carry it forward
6. Šefčovič Ms Kristel Van der Elst To cooperate directly with and advise the Vice-President on shaping the strategic foresight agenda and mobilising key stakeholders to carry it forward
7. Jourová Mr Karel Barták To advise the Vice-President on Media policy
9. Schinas Mr Christos Stylianides To support work on education in emergencies, migration and inclusion
10. Hahn Jean-Claude Juncker Former President of the European Commission From 5/12/2019 until 4/12/2021
10. Hahn Mr Franz Schausberger To advise for better integration and information of the regional and local level on implementing the EU budget in Member States, enlargement countries and countries of the EU neighbourhood. To inform about the EU financial and budget policy to implement goals of the European Commission at subnational level
10. Hahn Mr Walter Deffaa To advise on HR strategy, financial management and public administration issues
11. Hogan Mr Graham Meadows To prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy within the portfolio of the Commissioner
11. Hogan Mr Declan Kelleher To prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy within the portfolio of the Commissioner
13. Schmit M. Nicolas Hazard To carry out a fact-finding mission in view of the Action Plan on Social Economy
13. Schmit Ms Andrea Nahles To advise on strengthening the social dialog in Europe and on the role of social partners
14. Gentiloni Mr Stefano Manservisi To promote dialogue with third countries on matters relevant for key aspects of the portfolio (international role of the Euro, taxation systems, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))
15. Wojciechowski Mr Mark Rogerson To provide strategic advice on and formulation of the communications strategy for the Commissioner and his Cabinet
19. Reynders Mr Yves-Alexandre De Montjoye To help the Cabinet devise the strategy in initiatives concerning data protection and privacy. To advise the Cabinet in matters related to Artificial Intelligence
23. Vălean Mr Wim Van de Camp To provide advice on the broad range of transport items
27. Sinkevičius Mr Janez Potočnik To advise on sustainability in various sectoral policies under the responsibility of the Commissioner, as well as in a wider context of the European Green Deal

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 Mr Jean Fossion External member of the Audit Progress Committe (from 1/09/2020)
10. Hahn M. Christian Pennera Président de l’instance visée à l’Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) 2018/1046 (until 4/07/2021)
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 4/07/2021)

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)