Director, DG Employment
Detlef Eckert joined the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission in January 2013. As Director for Europe 2020 & Employment Policies he is responsible for coordinating the DG's input to the European Semester process, as well as a wide range of policies including: Employment Services & EURES, Skills, Youth, Restructuring and Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining DG Employment, he served as Director for Policy Coordination & Strategy and Director for Media and Content in Directorate General CONNNECT (former Information Society - INFSO). In both his functions, he was responsible for designing and developing policies, notably with respect to the Lisbon Strategy.
From 2007 to 2009 he was Senior Advisor to the Director General of DG INFSO.
From 2002 to 2006 he took leave of absence to further his career in the private sector and worked for Microsoft as Director responsible for the implementation of the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) initiative in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Before 2002, Detlef Eckert was Head of Division responsible for analysis and policy planning in the Directorate General Information Society. There he launched a number of key policy initiatives that contributed to the full liberalisation of the European telecommunications markets in 1998. Other activities included the launch of the eEurope2002 and 2005 Action Plan.
Detlef Eckert joined the European Commission in 1988 as officer for State Aids in the agriculture sector. Before moving to Brussels he worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Federal State of Bremen (Germany) between 1985-98 where he was responsible for regional policy and restructuring measures.
Born in Germany, Detlef Eckert graduated from the University of Siegen with a degree in Economics. He also obtained a Doctorate in Economics from the same university where he was assistant professor from 1979 until 1985.