Silvio Gonzato is Head of the Secretariat of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. A European Parliament official since 1988, Mr. Gonzato has spent most of his career (thirteen years) working in different Committee Secretariats, covering both internal and external policies.
During that period, Mr. Gonzato has acquired hands-on parliamentary experience in a variety of fields. He has assisted Members of Parliament in the legislative process (including the negotiations on the new EU external financial instruments in 2004-2006 and the recent negotiations on the establishment of the European External Action Service). He has worked on the development of new oversight methods (e.g., Working Group on the European Social Fund, Working Groups on the External Financial Assistance Instruments, Monitoring Group on the Southern Mediterranean).
Mr. Gonzato has also carried special responsibilities for countries of the Western Balkans and for the EU enlargement strategy. His current responsibilities involve advice to the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the organization of the activities of the Committee, contacts with other EU institutions, relations with the European External Action Service, and contacts with diplomatic missions in Brussels.