Gert Jan Koopman has been the Director-General of the European Commission’s budget department since August 2018. In his role, he is in charge of all aspects of the EU budget management, including the borrowing to finance the recovery under the NextGenerationEU instrument.
Mr Koopman has been working for the European Commission for three decades. Previously, he was in charge of State Aid control at the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. His earlier assignments included Director posts in the Commission's departments for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) as well as “Enterprise and Industry” (today’s DG GROW).
In the past, Mr Koopman was a member of the Commission’s Impact Assessment Board.
He worked in the Cabinets of Vice-President Kinnock – lastly as a Head of Cabinet.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Koopman was an associate of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Research (CPB).
A Dutch national, he holds degrees in Economics and Latin and Greek from the University of Amsterdam.