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Within the European Union (EU), Directorates-General are departments with specific zones of responsibility. Within the European Commission specifically, Directorates-General are the equivalent of national-level ministries. Most are headed by a European Commissioner, responsible for the general direction of the Directorate-General, and in charge of (politically responsible for) the corresponding policy area; and a director-general, responsible for the management of day-to-day affairs, who reports to the European Commissioner.

Nearly all of the top-level organisational divisions of the Secretariat of the European Parliament and the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union are also termed Directorates-General.

The European Patent Office (part of the European Patent Organisation, separate from the EU) also has Directorates-General, which are administrative groupings of departments.

Directorates-General of the European Commission

The Directorates-General of the European Commission are divided into four groups: Policy DGs, External relations DGs, General Service DGs and Internal Service DGs. Internally, the DGs are referred to by their abbreviations, provided below.

Departments (DGs)[1]
DG Abbreviation Relevant Commissioner
Administration and Payment of Individual Entitlements PMO European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Agriculture and Rural Development AGRI European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Budget BUDG European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
Climate Action CLIMA European Commissioner for Climate Action
Communication COMM European Commissioner for Communication
Communications Networks, Content and Technology CNECT European Commissioner for Digital Agenda
Competition COMP European Commissioner for Competition
Data Protection Officer DPO President of the European Commission
Defence Industry and Space DEFIS European Commissioner for Internal Market
Economic and Financial Affairs ECFIN European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs
Education, Youth, Sport and Culture EAC European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion EMPL European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Energy ENER European Commissioner for Energy
Environment ENV European Commissioner for the Environment
European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations ECHO European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
European Commission Library European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations NEAR European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
European Personnel Selection Office EPSO European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
European School of Administration EUSA European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Eurostat ESTAT European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union FISMA European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments FPI High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy & Vice-President of the European Commission for a Stronger Europe in the World
Health and Food Safety SANTE European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority HERA European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Historical Archives Service European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Human Resources and Security HR European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Informatics DIGIT European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels OIB European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Infrastructure and Logistics in Luxembourg OIL European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Inspire, Debate, Engage and Accelerate Action IDEA President of the European Commission
Internal Audit Service IAS European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs GROW European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship
International Partnerships INTPA European Commissioner for Development
Interpretation SCIC European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Joint Research Centre JRC European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
Justice and Consumers JUST European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Legal Service SJ President of the European Commission
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries MARE European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Migration and Home Affairs HOME European Commissioner for Home Affairs
Mobility and Transport MOVE European Commissioner for Transport
Publications Office of the European Union OP N/A
Recovery and Resilience Task Force RECOVER President of the European Commission
Regional and Urban Policy REGIO European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
Research and Innovation RTD European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
Secretariat-General SG President of the European Commission
Structural Reform Support REFORM European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
Taxation and Customs Union TAXUD European Commissioner for Economy
Trade TRADE European Commissioner for Trade
Translation DGT European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration

Directorates-General of the European Parliament

Main article: Secretariat of the European Parliament § Directorates-General

In addition to its Legal Service, the Secretariat of the European Parliament is composed of several Directorates-General, each of which has an official abbreviation.[2][3][4]

Directorates-General
Directorate-General (DG) Abbreviation
DG for the Presidency DG PRES
DG for Internal Policies of the Union DG IPOL
DG for External Policies of the Union DG EXPO
DG for Parliamentary Research Services DG EPRS
DG for Communication DG COMM
DG for Parliamentary Democracy Partnerships DG PART
DG for Personnel DG PERS
DG for Infrastructure and Logistics DG INLO
DG for Translation DG TRAD
DG for Logistics and Interpretation for Conferences DG LINC
DG for Finance DG FINS
DG for Innovation and Technological Support DG ITEC
DG for Security and Safety DG SAFE

Directorates-General of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

Main article: General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union § Directorates-general

The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union is composed of several Directorates-General, which are each headed by a respective director-general or deputy director-general.[5][6]

Directorates-General
Directorate-General (DG) Abbreviation
Competitiveness and Trade COMPET
Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN
General and institutional policy GIP
Justice and home affairs JAI
Legal service JUR
Agriculture, fisheries, social affairs and health LIFE
External relations RELEX
Transport, energy, environment and education TREE
Communication and information COMM
Translation service LING
Organisational development and services ORG
Digital services SMART

See also

References

  1. ^ "European Commission: Departments (Directorates-General) and services". Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Directorates-General". European Parliament. Secretary-General of the European Parliament. Retrieved 2023-04-25.
  3. ^ "Organisation". European Parliament. Secretary-General of the European Parliament. Retrieved 2023-04-25.
  4. ^ "Secretariat". European Parliament. Secretary-General of the European Parliament. Retrieved 2023-04-25.
  5. ^ "2023-04-16 Organigramme SGC (Version EN).vsdx" (PDF). Consilium. European Union. 16 April 2023. Retrieved 2023-04-25.
  6. ^ "Directors-General". Consilium. European Union. 3 April 2023. Retrieved 2023-04-25.