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The Knowledge-Sharing Platform

Seconded National Expert - Bioeconomy Strategy

Institution: European Commission - DG RTD
Place of employment: Brussels, Belgium
The application deadline is: 19 Sep. 2018

Nature of the tasks

The Unit F1 elaborates and promotes the R&I strategy for a sustainable and dynamic European bioeconomy, based on long-term vision and forward looking activities, and taking into account and influencing developments in the Member States (public and private sectors) and on the international scene. In this context, it coordinates transversal activities such as those related to new policy initiatives, work programmes, programme monitoring and evaluation (ex-ante and ex-post), communication, dissemination and exploitation of results, international cooperation, social sciences, and gender related objectives. Where relevant, it acts as focal point for interactions of the Directorate with other services in DG RTD, other DGs, the relevant Executive Agencies and Joint Undertakings, and the Member States.

Long-term objective (2020): Establish robust analytical evidence which underpins EU R&I policy in the Bioeconomy and achieve the full implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy Action Plan.

The SNE is expected to :

  • Analyse the Bioeconomy situation in the EU and third countries, including socio-economic aspects, research and innovation trends and markets developments.
  • Follow up Bioeconomy policy developments at national, regional or local level in Member States.
  • Draft comprehensive analysis reports and/or updates to existing ones on the implementation of the Bioeconomy Action Plan.
  • To contribute to further develop the EU Bioeconomy policy including its societal embedding.

Submission of applications and selection procedure

Candidates should send their application according to the Europass CV format ( in English, French or German only to the Permanent Representation / Diplomatic Mission to the EU of their country, which will forward the applications to the competent services of the Commission within the deadline fixed by the latter. Not respecting this procedure or deadlines will automatically invalidate the application.

Candidates are required not to add other documents (such as copy of passport, copy of degrees or certificate of professional experience, etc). If necessary, these will be requested at a later stage.
Candidates will be informed of the follow-up of their application by the unit concerned.

Conditions of the secondment

The secondment will be governed by the Commission Decision C(2008)6866 of 12/11/2008 laying down rules on the secondment to the Commission of national experts and national experts in professional training (SNE Decision). This decision is available on

The SNE will remain employed and remunerated by his/her employer during the secondment. He/she will equally remain covered by the national social security.

Unless for cost-free SNEs, allowances may be granted by the Commission to SNEs fulfilling the conditions provided for in Art. 17 of the SNE decision.

During the secondment, SNEs are subject to confidentiality, loyalty and absence of conflict of interest obligations, as provided for in Art. 6 and 7 of the SNE Decision.

If any document is inexact, incomplete or missing, the secondment may be cancelled.


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