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Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services

The Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services provides Members with independent, objective and authoritative analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union, in order to assist them in their parliamentary work.

The DG's three Directorates carry out provide the following services to Members, parliamentary committees and the Institution as a whole:

  • responding to specific requests from individual Members for information, analysis and research in the policy fields covered by the European Union;
  • providing briefing notes and other analysis and research for Members collectively on policies and issues in these fields;
  • contributing on-line content in these fields for use as appropriate on the Parliament's external/internal websites;
  • maintaining on-line and paper collections of key published material in these fields for access by Members and staff of the Parliament;
  • offering a wide range of on-site and online library services, including management of reading rooms and collections, access to and training in information databases, and provision of intranet and internet services for Members and the public;
  • maintaining the historic archives of the Parliament, in conjunction with the Historic Archives of the European Union;
  • responding to citizens’ enquiries;
  • providing a wide range of specific ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment services to parliamentary committees, together with assessment of the added value of future or current EU policies, and appraisal of policy options in the fields of science and technology.



Studies: BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; M.Phil in Politics (Oxford University)

Professional experience
1986-88 Administrator, EC Council of Ministers (DG Ecofin and Social Affairs)
1988-90 Special Adviser to UK Foreign Secretary and Deputy PM, Sir Geoffrey Howe
1992-1995 and 1997-2002 Head of London Office, EPP Group secretariat
1996-1997 Special Adviser to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kenneth Clarke
2002-07 Head of Policy Strategy and Legislative Planning, EPP Group secretariat
2007-09 Team Leader in Cabinet of EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering
2009-12 Deputy Chef de Cabinet to EP President Jerzy Buzek
2012-2013 Director for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, DG IPOL
2013 to date Director-General for Parliamentary Research Services, DG EPRS
2011 to date Senior Visiting Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics (LSE)
2012 Publication of The Penguin Companion to European Union (4th edition).


Director: Etienne BASSOT
Directorate A

Director: Etienne BASSOT

Members’ Research Service
Director: Franck DEBIE
Directorate B

Director (acting): Franck DEBIE

Director: Joe DUNNE
Directorate C

Director: Wolfgang HILLER

Impact Assessment and European Added Value

European Parliament

adresses and phone numbers

Bruxelles - Brussels
Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Bruxelles
Central Switchboard
+32 / (0) 2 28 4 21 11

Plateau du Kirchberg
B.P. 1601
L-2929 Luxembourg
Central Switchboard
+352 / 4300 1

1, avenue du Président Robert
CS 91024
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
Central Switchboard
+32 / (0) 2 28 4 21 11


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