Office of the Administrative Director
The College of Eurojust is supported by the Administration. The Head of the Eurojust Administration is the Administrative Director, who is responsible, under the supervision of the President, for the day-to-day administration of Eurojust, staff management and for the implementation of the budget. The Administrative Director of Eurojust is appointed for a five-year term which may be extended for a further five-year term.
The main tasks of the Administrative Director include:
- Supervising the implementation of the Annual Work Programme, which provides the necessary infrastructure and services that enable the College to perform their operational tasks;
- As Authorising Officer, the Administrative Director implements the budget, overseeing an efficient and effective distribution of resources; and monitoring the achievements of the strategic objectives set by the College;
- As Appointing Authority, the Administrative Director is responsible for the implementation of the Staff Regulations.
Furthermore the Administrative Director has to ensure:
- the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of all administrative operations including sound financial management of the budget;
- reliability of reporting, including financial reporting;
- establishment of a consistent level of effective internal control standards and systems to protect the financial interests of the EU.
These tasks require significant communication with the College, the President of the College, the administrative management and all other staff, as well with external partners.
The Administrative Director is assisted in his tasks by the staff structured into Units and Services, as reflected in the Eurojust organisational chart.
For a summary description of each Unit and Service, please click on the relevant link in the left navigation bar.
Mr Nikolaos (Nick) Panagiotopoulos was selected and appointed Administrative Director of Eurojust during the plenary meeting of the College of Eurojust on 30 May 2017. He took up his duties on 1 July 2017.
Mr Panagiotopoulos was born in Greece. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science, Concordia University (1982), a Bachelor of Laws LLB, McGill University (1985), a Master’s degree in European Administration and Policy, Panteion University (2002), and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, after having successfully completed a work-based programme co-organised by the European Commission and the University of Kingston (2014).
Mr Panagiotopoulos’ professional experience spans over 30 years, having served in both national and EU administrations in areas of human resources, budgeting and auditing. He chaired the Council Working Group on Staff Regulations during the Greek Presidency in 2003, ensuring that a political compromise was reached on the first major revision of the Staff Regulations in 50 years. This revision was foreseen in the White Paper for the Reform of the European Commission. In 2006, he was appointed Chairperson of the European Commission Task Force for the Simplification of Administrative Procedures, an initiative of then Vice-President, Mr Siim Kallas.
As Head of the Human Resources Unit at Eurojust, Mr Panagiotopoulos was responsible for the reorganisation of the unit and a change of its strategy, focusing on providing staff with professional customer-oriented services. As Administrative Director ad interim, he designed and implemented the first major reorganisation of the Administration, with a view to ensuring efficiencies and synergies, and focusing on supporting the operational activities of Eurojust.
Following his appointment, Mr Panagiotopoulos stated: ‘Eurojust serves European citizens by ensuring the judicial dimension in cases of serious cross-border crime. In an age of rising threats from organised crime, including new and increasingly hideous forms of terrorism, cybercrime and illegal immigrant smuggling, Eurojust’s role becomes even more significant. I undertake my responsibilities confident that, with the support of the College members representing their national judicial authorities and our highly committed and professional staff, we will be able to successfully face the many challenges ahead and serve justice across borders for a safer Europe.’
Declaration of absence of conflict of interest
The Office of the Administrative Director supports him in overseeing the (multi)annual strategic and budgetary planning. Since 2009 the organisation has undergone an assessment by Deloitte Consulting on the organisational structure of Eurojust. The decision to implement the proposed changes was adopted by the College on 17 June 2010.
The Eurojust Multi-Annual Strategic Policy (MASP) 2012 – 2014 reflects the mission and vision of the organisation and the translation of high level strategic goals into specific objectives. In the
Annual Work Programme, the above goals and objectives are broken down into specific activities which the Administration carries out in its supporting role to the core business of the College.