EFTA National Experts

There are approximately 1 000 national experts seconded to the European Commission from the 27 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.

Name: Country:   Phone:
DG CLIMATE ACTION (CLIMA)
VACANT*      
DG COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, CONTENT & TECHNOLOGIES (CNECT)
Timothy Szlachetko Norway Digital Policy Development and Coordination +32 2 298 XXXX
VACANT Norway Cloud and software +32 2 298 1127
Ingrid Rones Norway Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes +32 2 299 55 37
DG EDUCATION & CULTURE (EAC)
VACANT Norway Culture: Creative Europe Programme +32 2 296 5808
VACANT Norway Higher Education, Erasmus: Transparency Tools and Programme Impact +32 2 296 5209
Terje Kolbu Jacobsen Norway Evidence-Based Policy and Evaluation  +32 2 298 1084
Guillaume Jagle  Norway Erasmus +:  Schools and multilingualism +32 2 298 9792
Benedicte Einarsen  Norway International cooperation  +32 2 298 9042
Sigrid Smith-Tønnessen Norway Erasmus +; Youth in Action +32 2 298 5168
Svava Finsen Iceland Higher Education; "Erasmus" +32 2 29 67162
DG EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION (EMPL)
Angelica Almlid Barrows Norway Free Movement of Workers, EURES  +32 2 298 9274
Arne Magnus Christensen  Norway Social investment strategy +32 2 295 0329
VACANT Norway Working conditions +32 2 298 3304
Hilde Olsen* Norway Employment Strategy +32 2 299 4610
Kjerstin Torpmann-Hagen Norway VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning  
DG ENERGY (ENER)
    Networks and Regional initiatives  
DG ENVIRONMENT (ENV)
Christoffer Vestli* Norway Multilateral Environmental Cooperation +32 229 92374 
DG EUROSTAT (ESTAT)
Kurt Wass Norway Quality Managment and Government Finance Statistics +352 4301 34424
Lars Svennebye Norway Purchasing Power Parities +352 4301 33217
Jacob Christensen Norway International trade in services; Global Value Chains +352 4301 33977
Estrellita Rauan Norway Agro-monetary Statistics +352 4301 35363
Simen Saeterdal EFTA/Norway Enlargement, neighbourhood and development cooperation +352 4301 33917
Paul Camenzind* Switzerland Income and living conditions; Quality of life +352 4301 33221
Claude Macchi* Switzerland Data and metadata services; Standards; NACE review +352 4301 38309
Stefan Logi Sigurthorsson* EFTA/Iceland Enlargement, neighbourhood and development cooperation +352 4301 37272
DG HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY (SANTE)

VACANT

Iceland Health Determinants and inequality +352 430 128 225
Karoline Kristensen Norway Digital Health, European Reference Networks +32 2 296 1922
Jostein Dragset* Norway Animal Health and Welfare +32 2 299 5462
DG HUMANITARIAN AID & CIVIL PROTECTION (ECHO)
Geir Ellingsen Norway Knowledge Network and Evidence‐Based Policy  
DG DEFENCE INDUSTRY AND SPACE (DEFIS)
VACANT* Norway Galileo and Egnos - Applications, Security, International Cooperation  
Maria Høegh BERDAHL* Norway Earth Observation +32 2 2963425
Ola Nordbeck* Norway Earth Observation +32 2 298 5307
DG MIGRATION & HOME AFFAIRS (home)
Ann Kristin Hahnsson* Norway Asylum +32 2 299 60 46
DG MOBILITY & TRANSPORT (MOVE)
VACANT*      
DG NEIGHBOURHOOD & ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS (NEAR)
Stine Andresen* Norway Western Balkans Investment Framework +32 2 295 5523
DG REGIONAL & URBAN POLICY (REGIO)
Blagovestka Riiser* Norway   +32 2 299 79 51
Marius Vahl* Norway    
DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION (RTD)
Eirik Velle Wegner Lonning*   Norway Clean Energy Transition  +32 2 29 58470
Rosa Correa* Norway Missions & Partnerships

+32 2 298 90 80

National experts seconded to other European institutions and agencies

NAME: COUNTRY:   PHONE:
EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY (EDA)
       
EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY (EEA)
Mari Erlandsen* Norway CAS1 - Networks and Partnerships  
EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE (EEAS)
Mette Bakken* Norway Electoral Observation and Democracy +32 2 584 1135
Hanne Kristoffersen* Norway Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation +32 2 584 4918
Paal Ivar Mørkved Aavatsmark* Norway Regional Affairs - Asia and Pacific Division +32 2 584 4109
       
EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OPERATIONAL COOPERATION AT EXTERNAL BORDERS (FRONTEX)
Lise Dunham* Norway Frontex Situation Centre +48 785 001 326
Michaela Raymond* Norway Operations Division +48 222059500
EUROPEAN ASYLUM SUPPORT OFFICE (EASO)
Peter Akre* Norway Situational Awareness Unit +356 22487500
 

 

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