Industrial interest groups in Brussels are represented by about 3,000 legal entities. Each structure is coordinated by a Secretary General, Director General or Head of Office. These people are very influential in the European legislation mechanism, and the qualities and knowledge they offer are often decisive for industries they represent.
To take an example of an industry very fashionable during the crisis: the European car industry. This industry is represented in Brussels by ACEA – the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association – who has members like BMW, Renault, Fiat and other well-known brands. The Secretary General coordinates a Secretariat of about 20 people, fighting for the interests of the European automotive industry in European legislative dynamics.
The wages of these people are excellent, corresponding to the responsibility they have - reaching from EUR 5,000 to EUR 10,000 per month, depending on the industry they represent.
The lack of Romanian specialists in European sectorial policies leads to a lack of integrated Romanian presence in European federations and no Romanian is on a leading position in Euro-Brussels.
Dan LUCA / Brussels