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Nicolas Schmit's team

Nicolas Schmit's team helps him in his daily work

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  • Head of Cabinet

Antoine Kasel

antoine [dot] kaselatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 56039

Management of the Cabinet 
Overall strategic coordination / supervision on policy formation
Senior personnel issues
Human resources and security (HR)
Special Advisers / Expert Groups
G20 / G7 (together with IM)
Relations with the President’s cabinet
Relations with the Council (incl. EPSCO Bilaterals)
Relations with International Organisations & IFIs
Relations with Think Tanks and Academies

Member States: DK, LU, SE, BE, FR

  • Deputy Head of Cabinet

Santina Bertulessi

santina [dot] bertulessiatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 91912


  • Deputises for the Head of Cabinet
  • Management of support staff
  • EPSCO Coordination
  • Coordination of the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Coordination of the European Semester
  • Social dimension of the EMU (incl. SURE)
  • European Child guarantee
  • Social economy
  • Relations with the European Parliament
  • Validation of parliamentary questions
  • Petitions
  • Relations with the Ombudsman



  • An Economy that works for People (EVP Dombrovskis)
  • Group on Interinstitutional Relations (GRI)
  • Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
  • Economic and financial affairs (ECFIN)
  • Recovery and Resilience Task Force

Member States: FI, IT, MT, PL

  • Cabinet Expert

Ana Carla Pereira

ana-carla [dot] pereiraatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 62631


  • General assistance on portfolio
  • EPSR initiatives: Fair working conditions (incl. fair minimum wage, platform work, European works councils)
  • EPSR initiatives: Social protection and inclusion (incl. housing policies, homelessness) 
  • Labour market policies
  • Social impact assessments
  • Social dialogue and collective bargaining
  • Employment and social analysis
  • Public Employment Services
  • Future of Welfare State
  • Relations with EMCO and SPC
  • Relations with Eurofound
  • Relations with the EESC


  • Democracy and Demography (VP Suica)

Member States: ES, PT

  • Member of Cabinet

Christoph Nerlich

christoph [dot] nerlichatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 51437


  • Budgetary planning and financial management, annual management cycle DG EMPL
  • European Social Fund / ESF+
  • Just Transition Fund (JTF)
  • Youth guarantee and youth employment
  • Skills, vocational training, lifelong learning
  • Labour shortages
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced workers (EGF)
  • EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)
  • Budget & Rule of Law conditionality 
  • Future of Cohesion policy
  • Fund for European aid to the most deprived
  • Supervision of the audit control of all DG EMPL related EU Agencies
  • Relations with the European Court of Auditors
  • Relations with the Committee of the Regions
  • Relations with the European Training Foundation
  • Relations with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)


  • Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight (EVP Sefcovic)
  • MFF 2021-2027 
  • Budget (BUDG)
  • Regional policy (REGIO)
  • Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (HOME)
  • Internal audit (IAS)
  • Anti-fraud (OLAF)

Member States: AT, DE, NL, RO, BG

  • Member of Cabinet

Ivana McDowell

ivana [dot] mcdowellatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 52521


  • Free movement of workers (incl. posting of workers)
  • Posting of workers
  • Coordination of social security schemes (incl. digitalisation)
  • Labour law
  • Infringements
  • Better regulation 
  • External Relations 
  • G20 / G7
  • Relations with the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
  • Relations with the European Labour Authority (ELA)
  • Relations with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)


  • A stronger Europe in the world (HR/VP Borrell)
  • Values and Transparency (VP Jourová)
  • Group For External Coordination (EXCO)
  • Legal Service (SJ)
  • Justice and Consumers (JUST)
  • Humanitarian aid and crisis management (ECHO)
  • International cooperation and development (INTPA)
  • Rule of law and the Charter of fundamental rights
  • Trade (TRADE)
  • Neighbourhood and enlargement (NEAR)
  • Foreign Affairs and Security policy (EEAS)
  • Competition (COMP)
  • Defence & Space (DEFIS)
  • EU/UK & EU/CH Relations

Member States: CZ, HU, SK, HR, SI

  • Member of Cabinet

Siobhán Millbright

siobhan [dot] millbrightatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 57361


  • Communication, media and social media strategies
  • Relations with press 
  • Speechwriting
  • Publications
  • Media events
  • EU Social Forum
  • Relations with DG Communication and the Spokesperson’s Service (COMM and SPP)
  • Relations with EUROSTAT and the European system of national and regional accounts (ESAs)
  • Relations with the European Investment Bank (EIB) 
  • Relations with national Parliaments
  • Relations with civil society


  • Europe fit for the Digital Age (EVP Vestager)
  • Digital economy and society (CNECT)
  • Research, Science and Innovation (RTD)
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • InvestEU

Member States: IE, CY, EL

  • Policy coordinator / Personal assistant

Anouk Faber

anouk [dot] faberatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 50681
  • Personal assistant / Policy coordinator for the Commissioner
  • Agenda of the Commissioner


  • EPSR initiatives: Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
  • Youth Guarantee & youth employment
  • Skills, vocational training, lifelong learning
  • 883 Regulation on social security coordination
  • Relations with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
  • Relations with the European Training Foundation


  • Protecting our European Way of Life (VP Schinas)
  • Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (EAC)
  • Gender strategy / equality
  • The New European Bauhaus

Member States: LU

  • Policy Assistant

Vilija Sysaite

vilija [dot] sysaiteatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 94012


  • Occupational health and safety (OSH)
  • Future of work
  • Relations with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)


  • European Green Deal (EVP Sefcovic)
  • Agriculture and rural development (AGRI)
  • Maritime affairs and fisheries (MARE)
  • Health and food safety (SANTE)
  • Transport (MOVE)
  • Environment (ENV)
  • Energy (ENER)
  • Climate action (CLIMA)

Member States: EE, LT, LV

  • Policy Assistant

Tommaso Alberini

tommaso [dot] alberiniatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 57010


  • General Assistance on Portfolio issues
  • General assistance on Communication
  • Review of briefings
  • Employment and Social Development in Europe Report
  • Labour Market & Wage Development Report
  • Sustainable finance
  • Future of Cohesion policy
  • Relations with the Ombudsman
  • Relations with Think Tanks and Academies


  •  Financial stability, financial services and capital markets union (FISMA)
  • Taxation and customs union (TAXUD)
  • Economic and financial affairs (ECFIN)
  • Assistant to Commissioner Schmit

Magali Trodet

magali [dot] trodetatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 68442
  • Assistant to the Head of Cabinet and Tommaso Alberini

Fatima Ez-Zammoury

fatima [dot] ez-zammouryatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 55011
  • Assistant to Commissioner Schmit and Anouk Faber

Rilinda Canka

rilinda [dot] cankaatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 55128
  • Assistant to the deputy Head of Cabinet

Sandra Duarte

sandra [dot] duarteatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 55396
  • Assistant to Ana Carla Pereira and Christoph Nerlich

Anita Pelechowicz

anita [dot] pelechowiczatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 65130
  • Assistant to Ivana Mcdowell, Siobhán Millbright and Sysaite Vilija

Isabelle Stassart

isabelle [dot] stassartatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 98645
  • Document management officer/archivist

Rita Bicudo

rita [dot] bicudoatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 67772
  • Driver

Gaetano Culcasi

gaetano [dot] culcasiatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
  • Driver

Fabio Piseddu

fabio [dot] pisedduatec [dot] europa [dot] eu