EFTA National Experts

There are approximately 1 000 national experts seconded to the European Commission from the 28 EU Member States, the EFTA States and other countries. See the full list and contact details of the EEA EFTA national experts in this section.

The aim of the arrangement is to supply the Commission with expertise that is not available internally and to be a tool for the European Union to increase and spread knowledge of the European institutions and decision-making process. For the employers seconding experts, the arrangement is an opportunity for international training and hands-on experience in policy areas of the EU that are important to their staff. The experts remain employees of their national employers throughout the secondment period and can stay at the Commission between six months and four years.

 

The obligations of all EEA EFTA national experts towards the EU institutions in which they are seconded are identical. From an administrative and legal point of view, however, the EEA EFTA national experts fall into two categories depending on their connection to the EEA Agreement:

 
  1. EFTA in-kind experts are directly linked to the EEA Agreement as they are part of the EEA EFTA States’ annual contribution to the administrative costs of the EU budget, within the framework of EEA EFTA participation in various EU programmes, agencies and undertakings. All administrative procedures linked to their recruitment, prolongation and replacement are handled by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels, with the exception of the experts seconded to Eurostat in Luxembourg.
  2. Bilateral experts are seconded by each EFTA State to the EU outside the EEA EFTA budget. All administrative procedures linked to their recruitment, prolongation and replacement are handled by the EFTA States' respective missions in Brussels.

 

EEA EFTA experts

National experts seconded to the European Commission within the framework of the EEA Agreement and EEA EFTA participation in EU programmes and agencies.

National experts seconded to the European Commission on a bilateral basis are marked with an asterisk.

DG CLIMATE ACTION (CLIMA)
Kristine Aaland* Norway Strategy and Economic Assessment  +32 2 296 1557
DG COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, CONTENT & TECHNOLOGIES (CNECT)
Anders Gjøen Norway ICT for Government and Public Services +32 2 298 1292
Trond Bårdsen Norway Growth and Jobs +32 2 298 5666
Kristina Kjerstad  Norway Data Value Chain +352 4301 36579
Jesper Bæverfjord  Norway Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility +352 4301 35481
Dag Asbjørnsen Norway MEDIA programme and media literacy - MEDIA +32 2 295 9081
VACANT Norway Creative Europe programme – MEDIA  
DG EDUCATION & CULTURE (EAC)
Ingveig Koht Astad Norway Culture: Creative Europe Programme +32 2 296 4808
Sumathi Subramaniam  Norway Higher Education, Erasmus: Transparency Tools and Programme Impact +32 2 296 5209
Geir Ottestad Norway Erasmus +: Studies, impact assessments, analysis and statistics  +32 2 295 7593
Oyvind Bjerkestrand  Norway Erasmus +:  Schools and Educators; multilingualism +32 2 296 4173
VACANT Norway International cooperation in education and youth, Jean Monnet actions  
Mariann Ingrid Klingberg Norway Youth in Action: Youth policy and programme +32 2 299 5867
Runa Vigdis Gudmarsdottir Iceland Higher Education; "Erasmus" +32 2 295 8769
DG EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION (EMPL)
Marinella Van Welsenes Norway Mobility & Employment Services, EURES  +32 2 296 5229
Bent-Ole Grooss  Norway Social policies, Innovation and Governance +32 2 295 5176
Siri Stangeland Norway Labour Law & Working conditions +32 2 298 9352
Sigve Soldal Bjorstad Norway Vocational training and adult education; Erasmus + +32 2 295 4563
DG ENERGY (ENER)
Erik Just Olsen Norway Energy Efficiency +32 2 296 4581
Linn Johnsen Norway Energy Efficiency +32 2 295 7062
DG EUROSTAT (ESTAT)
Vidar Lund Norway Transport +352 4301 37620
VACANT Norway Price statistics; purchasing power parities. Housing statistics  
Håvard Lien Norway Labour market +352 4301 35226
Salah Eddine Ziade Norway Structureal Business Statistics: Quality assurance and Financial Annexes +352 4301 37397
Marius Andersen* EFTA/Norway Statistical cooperation - EU Enlargement +352 430 137 501
Paul Camenzind* Switzerland Income and Living Conditions: Quality of Life +352 4301 33221
Steinn Kári Steinsson * EFTA/Norway Statistical Cooperation - European Neighbourhood Policy +352 4301 33067
Fritz Gebhard* Switzerland Environmental Statistics; sustainable development +352 430 134 864
DG HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY (SANTE)
VACANT Iceland Health Information  
VACANT Norway Health Determinants and inequality  
Martin Rutherfurd Norway Cross border healthcare, eHealth +32 2 295 0854
Knut Roenningen* Norway Animal Health (Diseases in Aquatic Organisms) +32 2 226 0708
Bente Bergersen* Norway Animal Welfare +32 2 298 66 36
Sevala Malkic* Norway  E-Health and Health Technology Assessment  +32 2 296 67 48
Halvard Kvamsdal* Norway Bilateral International Relations (Antimicrobial Restistance)  +32 2 295 1418
DG HUMANITARIAN AID & CIVIL PROTECTION (ECHO)
VACANT Norway Civil Protection - Emergency Response  
DG INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SMEs (GROW)
 Martin Blom* Norway Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries +32 2 299 2569
Karl Ivar Jahr* Norway  Galileo and Egnos - Applications, Security, International Cooperation  +32 2 299 2328
Kjell Arne Aarmo* Norway Galileo and EFNOS - Service Provision and Exploitation +32 2 298 9394
DG JUSTICE & CONSUMERS (JUST)
Joachim Nilsen* Norway Consumer and Marketing Law  +32 2 295 9883
dg mobility & transport (move)
Astrid Nordahl* (to start 1 Nov 2016) Norway    
DG NEIGHBOURHOOD & ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS (NEAR)
Stine Andresen* Norway Western Balkans Investment Framework +32 2 295 5523
DG REGIONAL & URBAN POLICY (REGIO)
Odd Godal* Norway Competence Centre Macro-regions and Territorial Cooperation; Baltic Sea Strategy +32 2 296 44 37
DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION (RTD)
Tobias Strom Norway Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities +32 2 298 95 47

National experts seconded to other European institutions and agencies

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP, Greece)
Hanne Christensen* Norway Department for VET systems and Institutions +30 23 10490133
EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE (EEAS)
Anders Vethe* Norway Strategic Planning Division +32 2 584 2883
Nicolay Paus* Norway Electoral Observation and Democracy +32 2 584 1135
Elise Thoen* Norway Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation +32 2 584 3422
EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OPERATIONAL COOPERATION AT EXTERNAL BORDERS (FRONTEX)
Alexander Naerum* Norway Sea Border Sector +48 22 205 9323
 

 

 

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