Robert Verrue was formerly a member of the President's Advisory Group.
In 1973, he joined the European Commission as member of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. In 1981, he was appointed Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President F.-X. Ortoli. His main responsibilities covered financial and economic affairs, borrowing and lending, restructuring actions in the steel and iron industry.
In 1985, Mr. Verrue was appointed Head of Division for Co-ordination of monetary policies in the Community within Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. In July 1988, he was promoted Director responsible for International Affairs, Industrial Policy and the Co-ordination of the Internal Market Programme within Directorate General for the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs. In September 1993, he was appointed Deputy Director General responsible for relations with Central European countries and Republics within the Directorate General for External Relations. In January 1996, he became Director General for the Information Society. He took up the responsibilities as Director General for Taxation and the Customs Union in July 2002, where he was until 2009. Robert Verrue is currently Senior Adviser to J.M. BARROSO, President of the European Commission.
Mr. Verrue studied at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Administration des Entreprises in Lille, at the College of Europe (Bruges) and at INSEAD (Fontainebleau). He is an expert in industrial affairs and the internal markets, monetary policy and economic and financial affairs.