Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC)  


The remit of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) covers the following fields:

  • ​​Audio-visual Industry and Media Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-economy
  • Culture and Cultural Diversity and Creativity
  • Demographic Change
  • Education and Training (including Lifelong Learning)
  • Employment Policy
  • Equality
  • EU Information Society, including Trans-European ICT Networks
  • European Pillar of Social Rights, including Social Policy, Social Protection
  • Innovation, Research and Technology and smart specialisation
  • Labour Mobility
  • Multilingualism and Promotion of Minority Languages
  • Social Economy
  • Sport
  • Youth

In addition, SEDEC manages the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP), which is a form of cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The platform seeks the exchange of new R&I solutions and best practices, by organizing seminars in Brussels and peer-to-peer events in regions, or hosting showcasing events. In the framework of the Joint Action Plan adopted in November 2020 with Commissioner Gabriel's services, this project has been upgraded to a strategic level. KEP°2.0 is from now on aligned with the renewed European Research Area initiative and linked to the implementation of the Science meets Regions project. Furthermore, the SEDEC Commission is working closely with European Commission's Directorate for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) on various topics, as agreed in the Action Plan for Enhanced Cooperation​ between them.​

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​Head of Unit: Kyriakos Tsirimiagos

Assitant to the HoU: David Freixas Montplet


  • Svetlozar Andreev, in charge of Research and Innovation, Science Meets Regions
  • Alexandra Bozini (SNE), in charge of Social Policy, Employment Policy
  • Sebastian Gonzalez Hajdu, in charge of Youth, Social Economy and Education policies
  • Doru-lulian Hobjila, in charge of Education,​ Culture, Youth, Sport and Multilingualism – Audio-visual and Media Related Technologies - membership of the Group of Communicators (GOC)
  • Georgios Petras, in charge of Employment and Social policy
  • Esther Wirth, in charge of Research and Innovation policies, clear writing coordinator
  • Jens Zvirgzdgrauds, in charge of Smart specialisation, Artificial intelligence, Audio-visual and Media Related Technologies, ICT


  • Marielou Dalli​, in charge of the general support to SEDEC Secretariat - Platforms and events​
  • Daniela Pastina, in charge of the general support to SEDEC Secretariat
  • ​Valeria Schirru​, in charge of the general support to SEDEC Secretariat​​
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