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 Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT)
VACANT (recruitment in progress) Norway ICT for Government and Public Services  
Trond Bårdsen Norway Growth and Jobs +32 2 298 5666
Espen Dennis Kristoffersen Norway ICT addressing Societal Challenges - ICT for Inclusion +32 2 296 4433
VACANT (recruitment in progress) Norway eContent and Safer Internet  
DG Competition (COMP)
 Anneline Vingsgård* Norway Cartels settlement +32 2 296 2744
Carsten Borgersrud Nielsen* (to start 1 Sept) Norway State Aids  
DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN)
VACANT Norway CIP - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Financing of Innovation, Competitiveness and Employment policies  
Lovise Bauger* Norway Revenue management and tax policy issues +32 2 296 1633
DG Education and Culture (EAC)
Ingveig Koht Astad Norway Culture Programme and Actions +32 2 296 4808
Mads Gravås  Norway Higher Education, Erasmus +32 2 299 2298
Sigve Soldal Bjorstad Norway Vocational training and adult education; Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig +32 2 295 4563
Kjartan Steffensen Norway Lifelong Learning: Horizontal Policy Issues and 2020 Strategy, Analysis and Studies +32 2 295 7593
Karianne Helland Norway Lifelong Learning: School Education, Comenius +32 2 295 5706
Ragnhild Solvi Berg Norway International cooperation and programmes - Policy Dialogue with Industrialised Countries +32 2 295 2647
Mariann Ingrid Klingberg Norway Youth in Action +32 2 299 5867
Runa Vigdis Gudmarsdottir Iceland Higher Education; "Erasmus" +32 2 295 8769
Sidsel Hellebø-Hansson Norway Creative Europe programme – MEDIA +32 2 299 0107
Dag Asbjørnsen Norway MEDIA programme and media literacy - MEDIA Mundus - audiovisual policy +32 2 295 9081
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (EMPL)
Håvard Flakne Norway Employment Services, EURES +32 2 296 8939
Gunnar Tveiten Norway Social policies, Innovation and Governance +32 2 295 2163
Sindre Reinholdt Norway Labour Law +32 2 295 7023
DG Energy (ENER)
Erik Just OLSEN Norway Energy Efficiency +32 2 296 4581
Rakel Hunstad Norway Renewables and CCS Policy  +32 2 295 55 78
Linn Johnsen Norway Energy Efficiency +32 2 295 7062
DG Enlargement (ELARG)
Olav Reinertsen* Norway Regional Programmes +32 2 298 7961
DG Enterprise and Industry (ENTR)
VACANT Norway Enterprise policy and Financial Instruments  
VACANT Norway Policy Development for Industrial Innovation  
 Martin Blom* Norway Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries +32 2 299 2569
Lars Giske* Norway Galileo and Egnos - Applications, Security, International Cooperation +32 2 299 2328
DG EUROSTAT (ESTAT)
Geir Martin Pilskog Norway Business Statistics - Coordination and Registers  - MEETS Programme +352 4301 37 460
Vidar Lund Norway Transport +352 4301 37620
Lasse Sandberg  Norway Price statistics; purchasing power parities. Housing statistics +352 4301 33410
Håvard Lien Norway Labour market +352 4301 35226
Marius Andersen* EFTA/Norway Statistical cooperation - EU Enlargement +352 430 137 501
Martin Teichgräber* Switzerland Labour Market +352 430 132 487 
Siv Pedersen* EFTA/Norway Statistical Cooperation +352 430 132 689 
DG Health and Consumers (SANCO)
Sigurlaug Hauksdóttir Iceland Health Information +352 430134574
Hege Haneborg Roenholt Norway Health Determinants  +352 4301 36420
Kari Steig Norway Healthcare Systems - Patients' Rights +32 2 298 7092
Knut Roenningen* Norway Animal Health (Diseases in Aquatic Organisms) +32 2 226 0708
Bente Bergersen* Norway Animal Welfare +32 2 298 66 36
Keren Bar-Yaacov* Norway Enforcement - Food Fraud +32 2 295 53 26
 Marthe Harvik Austgulen* Norway Consumer Markets  +32 2 295 3010
DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Per-Oyvind Semb Norway Civil Protection - Emergency Response +32 2 296 3942
DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Inger Midtkandal* Norway  Knowledge for Growth  +34 95 4480581
DG Justice (JUST)
Joachim Nilsen* Norway Consumer Protection Law  +32 2 295 9883
VACANT (temporarily suspended) Norway Gender Equality  
DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
Øyvind Hallquist* Norway Aviation Safety +32 474 456 236
Espen Rindedal* Norway Road Safety +32 2 299 7868
DG Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)
Per Mannes* Norway Competence Centre Administrative Capacity Building; Solidarity Fund; EEA and Norway Grants +32 2 296 8482
Axel Rød* Norway Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Co-operation +32 2 299 45 33
DG Research (RTD)
Rolf Egil Tønnessen* Norway Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) +32 2 298 79 86
Aud Alming* Norway Materials +32 2 296 0546
Tom-Espen Møller* Norway Social Sciences and Humanities +32 2 296 6963
DG Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD)
Christina Høva* Norway Vat and other turnover taxes +32 2 299 18 82

National experts seconded to other European institutions and agencies

External Border Agency (FRONTEX) (Warsaw, Poland)
Ellen Margrethe Hjelseth* Norway Sea Borders +48 785001 409
Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM - Alicante, Spain)
Ingeborg Alme Råsberg* Norway Quality Matters and Cancellation Service +34 96513 7628
European Aviation Safety Agency (Köln)
Edith Irgens* Norway  Safety Analysis and Research  +49 221 8990 2110
European Parliament
Jan Ole Gudmundsen* Norway Committee on Industry, Research and Energy +32 2 284 6821
European CENTRE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING (CEDEFOP - THESSALONIKA, GREECE) 
 Hanne Christensen* Norway Area Enhanced Cooperation in VET and LLL +30 23 10 49 01 33
European research council executive agency 
 Ingrid Roxrud* Norway  Call and Project follow-up Coordination  +32 2 295 26 02