Bureau of European Policy Advisers (European Commission)

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The Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission.

The Bureau of European Policy Advisers is a department of the European Commission, reporting directly to the President of the European Commission and under his authority. The Bureau is composed of a professional staff of advisers, policy analysts and support staff with appropriate experience and attainments, in order to provide professional and well-informed advice to the President and the European Commissioners and to formulate recommendations on issues regarding the policy of the European Union. The Bureau is headed by a Director General (currently Vitor Gaspar) designated by the President. The Director General is responsible for establishing the positions taken by the Bureau of European Policy Advisers.

History[edit]

Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission[edit]

The origins of what is today known as BEPA go back to 1989, when the Forward Studies Unit was established by the European Commission as a small 'think tank' staffed with EU officials reporting directly to President Jacques Delors.

The Unit's primary task was to monitor and evaluate European integration by studying long-term prospects and structural tendencies, basing itself particularly on a network of external contacts with research institutes specialised in long-term forecasting and planning.

Members of the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission[edit]

Group of Policy Advisers (GOPA)[edit]

In May 2000, Romano Prodi changed the Forward Studies Unit into the Group of Policy Advisers (GOPA) and entrusted it with four specific domains: economics, social affairs, foreign affairs, and dialogue with religions.

Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA)[edit]

With the arrival of José Manuel Barroso as President of the European Commission in 2004, GOPA was restructured and rebranded as the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA).

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