Directorate-General Internal Policies of the Union

The Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union is responsible for organising the work of Parliament's committees in the field of internal policies and contributing to the exercise and development of the legislative and control powers of the European Parliament.

Its main tasks are:

  • ensuring the smooth running of the legislative and non-legislative activities of parliamentary committees in the field of internal policies, primarily by providing a secretariat for 17 committees and 1 temporary committee;
  • coordinating Parliament's legislative activities, mainly through the Conference of Committee Chairs; supporting committee members, particularly the committee Chairs and rapporteurs, in the exercise of their duties;
  • providing the committees, other parliamentary bodies and the President's Office with briefings, background notes and long-term studies on all aspects of Parliament's activities in the field of internal policies;
  • helping the committees to develop their work programmes in close cooperation with the Commission and Council;
  • promoting and coordinating all activities relating to better law-making in Parliament.



Born 7 September 1955 in Naples, Italy

Studies: Baccalaureate - Leaving diploma - Umberto I State Liceo Classico
Graduated from the Law School of Federico II University, Naples (110/110 cum laude)
International law thesis on "Evolutionary competences of the European Communities"
Postgraduate studies in international and European law - Universities of Naples, Urbino and Florence

Professional experience
September 1979 - February 1980 Traineeship at the European Commission, DG I - External Relations
April 1980 - July 1980 Traineeship in the Legal Service of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg
1980 - 1982 European Commission Secretariat, relations with the European Parliament
1982 - 1991 Administrator and Principal Administrator in the European People's Party Group in the European Parliament
1992 - 1994 Diplomatic adviser in President Egon Klepsch's Private Office in the European Parliament
1994 - 1999 Seconded to the Parliamentary Group of the European People's Party, Head of Parliamentary Services and Deputy Secretary-General from 1998
26 July 1999 - 14 January 2002 Director in President Nicole Fontaine's Private Office in the European Parliament (from 1 January 2001 Head of Private Office)
15 January 2002 - 19 July 2004 Director (Deputy Head of Private Office) in President Pat Cox's Private Office in the European Parliament
20 July 2004 - 30 January 2007 Director of Legislative Coordination and Codecision
31 January 2007 – 14 December 2008 Director-General ad interim of the Directorate-General for Internal Policies
From 15 December 2008 Director-General of the Directorate-General for Internal Policies


Directorate A

Director (acting): Panos KONSTANTOPOULOS

Directorate for Economic and Scientific Policies
Director: Susanne OBERHAUSER
Directorate B

Director: Susanne OBERHAUSER

Directorate for Structural and Cohesion Policies
Director: Gérard LAPRAT
Directorate C

Director: Gérard LAPRAT

Directorate for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs
Director: Anne Vitrey
Directorate D

Director: Anne Vitrey

Directorate for Budgetary Affairs
Directorate E


Directorate for Legislative Coordination and Conciliations
Director: Raquel de VICENTE
Directorate F

Director: Raquel de VICENTE

Directorate for Resources

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