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Wopke Hoekstra's team

Wopke Hoekstra's team supports him in his daily work.

Contact the team

  • Head of Cabinet
Esther de Lange
esther [dot] de-langeatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 95542

Strategy, management and coordination of the Cabinet

  • Deputy head of Cabinet
Astrid Dentler
astrid [dot] dentleratec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 63310
  • Deputising for the Head of Cabinet
  • Human Resources and budget
  • Commission Work Programme
  • Coordination of strategic agenda planning
  • Coordination of relations with DG CLIMA
  • Inter-institutional Relations and GRI
  • ENVI Council Coordination


  • Adaptation 


  • Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital markets Union
  • European Semester, Euro, economic and financial affairs
  • Relations with the EIB
  • Legal affairs, coordination of infringements
  • Rule of law and Justice
  • Relations with the UK, EEA and Switzerland

Country: DE, FR, SI

  • Member of the cabinet / Political Adviser to Commissioner
Myriam Jans
myriam [dot] jansatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 95405
  • Personal Aide and Political Adviser to the Commissioner
  • Strategic Agenda management
  • Citizens dialogues (with CD)
  • Ethics and Transparency
  • Liaison person for travel and protocol
  • Press, events
  • Relations with Dutch press
  • Speechwriting support (with CD)


  • Equality

Countries: NL, IE, CY, EE, LV, LT

  • Member of the cabinet
Daniel Mes
daniel [dot] mesatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 99517
  • Industry, business outreach, SMEs, and start-ups, including Net-zero business desk, SME dialogue,  industrial policy
  • Energy-intensive industries
  • Energy governance, including National Energy and Climate Plans
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Innovation fund, CINEA (together with OG)
  • Transport
  • Carbon capture usage and storage
  • Relations with the EP and national parliaments
  • Speechwriting support (with CD)


  • Energy
  • Competition and State aid
  • Digital
  • Tourism
  • Internal Market
  • Better Regulation

Countries: DK, SE, FI

  • Member of the cabinet
Damyana Stoynova
damyana [dot] stoynovaatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 78665
  • Climate international: multilateral climate negotiations, G20/G7, climate finance, bilateral climate relations
  • Climate Pact
  • Implementation of the Climate Law
  • Climate Research and Innovation (horizontal)
  • External Policy Coordination (EXCO)
  • Action against global deforestation


  • Environment
  • Oceans and fisheries
  • Research and innovation
  • Strategic Foresight
  • External relations – EEAS

Countries: BG, RO, GR, HR

  • Member of the cabinet
Olivia Gippner
olivia [dot] gippneratec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 91754
  • Climate ETS – Corsia, IMO
  • Non-ETS, maritime and aviation
  • Carbon removal certification
  • Innovation fund, CINEA (together with DM)
  • Climate Law (with DST)
  • 2040 climate target
  • EMAS (Internal Commission climate neutrality)
  • Montreal Protocol, ozone depleting substances and fluorinated gases
  • Infringements related to CLIMA


  • Trade
  • Taxation and customs including carbon border adjustment mechanism
  • Budget, MFF
  • Anti-fraud and audit
  • Eurostat
  • Home Affairs

Countries: DE, AT, MT, CZ

  • Personal assistant / Member of the Cabinet
Jitske Haagsma (currently on leave)
jedidja [dot] haagsmaatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 80902
  • Personal Aide and Political Adviser to the Commissioner
  • Strategic Agenda management
  • Citizens dialogues
  • Ethics and Transparency
  • Liaison person for travel and protocol


  • Health (with CD)

Countries: NL, EE, LV, LT

  • Policy Coordinator
Miguel Garcia Jones
miguel-jose [dot] garcia-jonesatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 89254
  • Back-up to industry and business outreach, SMEs, and start-ups
  • Support to the adaptation strategy
  • Support on energy
  • Parliamentary questions
  • Relations with the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, Ombudsman


  • Support on Environment
  • Neighbourhood and enlargement
  • International Cooperation and Development
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Defence
  • Democracy and demography
  • Agriculture

Countries: HU, ES, PT, IT

  • Policy assistant / Communication advisor
Célia Dejond
celia [dot] dejondatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 88199
  • Communication and relations with the Spokespersons’ Service (SPP)
  • Media strategy and social media
  • Citizens’ Dialogue (with MJ)
  • Speechwriting and coordination of speeches (with DM)
  • Relations with think tanks and academia
  • Support to civil society outreach and Climate Pact
  • Regional outreach
  • European Citizens’ Initiatives
  • Blue book interns


  • Health
  • Food safety
  • Cohesion policy and reforms
  • Education, youth, culture and sport
  • Jobs and Social rights
  • Relations with social partners

Countries: BE, LU, PL, SK

  • Assistant to Commissioner Hoekstra
Thysia Tchekouteff
thysia [dot] tchekouteffatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 58750
  • Assistant to the Head of Cabinet
Joy Ryaziga
joy [dot] ryazigaatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 51956
  • Assistant to the Deputy Head of Cabinet
Myriam Lemahieu
myriam [dot] lemahieuatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 87175
  • Assistant to Damyana Stoynova and to Olivia Gippner
Egidijus Dapkus
egidijus [dot] dapkusatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 80729
  • Assistant to Myriam Jans
Myriam Gonzalez Alonso
myriam [dot] gonzalez-alonsoatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 69422
  • Document management officer
Sandra Tegazzini
sandra [dot] tegazziniatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 55127
  • Information 
  • Document management 
  • Archives 
  • Identification of documents under access to documents
  • National Expert in Professional Training (NEPT)
Laura Kevany
laura [dot] kevanyatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 95889
  • Blue Book Trainee
Tjeerd Zondag
tjeerd [dot] zondagatec [dot] europa [dot] eu
Phone number
+32 2 29 96153