Administrative Director

Eurojust Administrative Director Nikolaos PanagiotopoulosThe Administrative Director manages the administration of Eurojust, which in turn supports the Eurojust College. The Administrative Director is a temporary agent appointed by the College to implement day-to-day administrative tasks assigned to Eurojust. He or she is appointed for a term of four years, with a term limit of two terms. The Administrative Director functions as the legal representative of Eurojust. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos is the current Administrative Director of Eurojust, having taken up his duties on 1 July 2017.


The Eurojust Administrative Director is generally responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration of Eurojust and staff management, and for ensuring the necessary administrative support is provided to facilitate Eurojust’s operational work. Other specific functions of the Administrative Director include:

  • ensuring the President and Vice-Presidents receive the necessary administrative support to carry out their duties;

  • implementing the decisions adopted by the Eurojust College and Executive Board;

  • preparing Eurojust’s programming document and submitting it to the Executive Board for review;

  • implementing the programming document and reporting to the Executive Board and College on its implementation;

  • preparing the annual report on Eurojust’s activities and presenting it to the Executive Board for review and to the College for adoption;

  • preparing an action plan to follow up the conclusions of internal or external audit reports, evaluations and investigations, and reporting on progress twice a year to the College, Executive Board, European Commission and EDPS;

  • preparing an anti-fraud strategy for Eurojust and presenting it to the Executive Board for adoption;

  • preparing draft financial rules applicable to Eurojust;

  • preparing Eurojust’s draft statement of estimates of revenue and expenditure and implementing its annual budget;

  • preparing a draft proposal for the budget, for review by the Executive Board; and

  • appointing authority or concluding contracts of employment of other servants.

Appointment procedure

Eurojust’s Administrative Director is appointed by the College from a list of candidates proposed by the Executive Board. His or her term of office lasts four years, with a term limit of two terms.