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 Term
From 1/4/2019 to the end of the current Commission mandate
1. Juncker Mr Luc Van den Brande To advise on outreach towards citizens  
1. Juncker Ms Catherine Day To advise on strategic issues related to the Multi Annual Financial Framework  
1. Juncker Ms Joëlle Milquet To advise on compensation for victims of crime  
1. Juncker Mr Jacques Docquiert To advise on strategic issues related to outreach, communication and media  
1. Juncker Mr David O'Sullivan To advise on strategy and priorities in relations with the US  
2. Timmermans Mr Jonathan Holslag To advise on constitutional and political developments of the EU, in particular from an international perspective  
2. Timmermans Dr Luuk Van Middelaar To advise on constitutional developments and interinstitutional relations within the EU  
3. Mogherini Ms Nathalie Tocci To 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  
7. Dombrovskis Mr Siim Kallas To provide strategic and political advice on future of EMU, economic relations with Eastern neighbourhood  
7. Dombrovskis Mr Christian Thimann Strategic and polical advice on sustainable finance following up to the work of high level expert group on sustainable finance  
7. Dombrovskis Ms Inna Šteinbuka To advise on deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the European Semester  
7. Dombrovskis M. Niels Thygesen Président du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant (until 19/10/2019)
7. Dombrovskis M. Roel Beetsma Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant (until 19/10/2019)
7. Dombrovskis M. Massimo Bordignon Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant (until 19/10/2019)
7. Dombrovskis Mme Sandrine Duchêne Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant (until 19/10/2019)
7. Dombrovskis M. Mateusz Szczurek Membre du Comité budgétaire européen consultatif indépendant (until 19/10/2019)
8. Katainen Ms Valerie Herzberg To advise on the competitiveness of the European Economy  
9. Oettinger Mr Claude Chêne To advise on human resources policy in general  
9. Oettinger Mr Mario Monti To follow up on the work of the High Level Group on Own Resources  
9. Oettinger Mr Eckart Guth To provide expertise on post-2020 multiannual financial framework  
10. Hahn Prof. Dr. Franz Schausberger

To provide expertise in all regions and cities within the Western Balkans and EU neighbourhood countries such as Ukraine and Moldova

 
11. Malmström Mr Jan Eric Frydman To advise on Trade Policy notably on relations to the United States  
11. Malmström Mr Carl B. Hamilton To advise on trade policy and how to communicate around it  
11. Malmström Ms Anna Terrón Cusí To advise on designing closer cooperation with the Southern neighbourhood  
12. Mimica Mr Ján Figel Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU  
13. Arias Cañete Mr Francisco Javier Elorza Cavengt To advise the Commissioner on energy issues  
13. Arias Cañete Ms María García Rodríguez  To advise the Commissioner on energy and climate change issues  
14. Vella Mr Reinhardt Priebe To attend the Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) for the European Commission  
15. Andriukaitis Ms Dagmar Roth-Behrendt To 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. Moscovici Mr Panayotis Carvounis To support the Commission's work on the monitoring of the enhanced surveillance procedure in Greece. To advise the Commissioner on the economic, political and social situation in Greece.  
19. Stylianides Mr Demetris Mili To advise the Commissioner on the engagement of the private sector in Humanitarian Aid and Development, especially with focus on Africa  
20. Hogan Mr Graham Meadows To prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy within the portfolio of the Commissionner  
20. Hogan Mr Robert Fitzhenry To prepare advice on the communication and implementation of policy within the portfolio of the Commissioner  
22. Bulc Mr Stefan Schäfer To advise on improvement of existing decarbonisation visions and their political, economic and cultural contexts  
23. Bienkowska Mr Piotr Tatara First reflections on the inclusion of tourism projects into new MFF 2014-2020 (structural funds, Creative Europe, Invest EU); advice on the events on tourism under the Romanian presidency and Finnish presidency; contribution to the reflection on sustainable tourism; contribution to tourism related speeches and briefings  
25. Navracsics Prof. Pierluigi Sacco To advise in the field of cultural heritage  
26. Cretu Mr Walter Deffaa To advise on specific regional and urban policy issues  
28. Moedas Mr José Albino Da Silva Peneda To advise on economic and social dimension of research and innovation policies  
28. Moedas Prof. Mariana Mazzucato To advise on productivity policy, innovation strategy and mission-driven science and innovation  
28. Moedas Mr Jürgen Rüttgers To provide strategic and political advice on the role of Horizon for European industry  

Institutional special advisers

Cabinet Name Role Term
1/4/2019 - 31/03/2020
9. Oettinger Mr Arjen W.H. Meij President of the Disciplinary Board  
9. Oettinger Mr Jean-Pierre Garitte External Member of the Audit Progress Committee  
9. Oettinger Ms Michael Schrenk External Member of the Audit Progress Committee  
9. Oettinger Ms Laura Garbenciute-Bakiene External Member of the Audit Progress Committee  
9. Oettinger M. Christian Pennera Président de l’instance visée à l’Article 143 du Règlement (UE, Euratom) 2018/1046 (until 4/11/2020)
9. Oettinger 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)

Secretariat-General - Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS)

Cabinet Name Role Term
1/4/2019 - 31/03/2020
7. Dombrovskis 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  
7. Dombrovskis Mme Paraskevi Gilchrist To 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. Dombrovskis 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)

18. Moscovici Mr Horst Reichenbach Member for the European Union of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (until 31/12/2019)