Gert Jan Koopman was appointed Director-General in the Directorate-General for Budget of the European Commission in August 2018, taking up the top position of the department dealing with the EU’s financial programming, annual budgets, accounting and financial rules.
Previously, Mr Koopman was in charge of State Aid control at the DirectorateGeneral for Competition. He launched a major overhaul of State Aid Policy throughthe State Aid Modernisation (SAM) programme which has led to a streamlining of State Aid control, provided greater possibilities for Member States to implement state aid measures without prior authorisation by the Commission and put significant emphasis on transparency and evaluation. SAM has also allowed to focus the Commission’s resources on priority cases such as those in the banking and energy sectors as well as fiscal aid.
Prior to his posting at Directorate General for Competition, Mr Koopman held Director posts in the Commission’s departments for “Economic and Financial affairs” as well as “Enterprise and Industry” and was a member of the Commission Impact Assessment Board. He worked in the Cabinets of Vice President Kinnock – lastly as his Head of Cabinet. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Koopman was an associate of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Research (CPB).
He holds degrees in Economics and Latin and Greek from the University of Amsterdam.