Deputy Director General
Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs
May 2016 Olivier Onidi is Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission with particular responsibility over security. In this capacity, he oversees the activities in the fields of terrorism and violent extremism, organized crime, cybersecurity, information systems and innovation. He also heads the Secretariat of the European Commission’s Task Force for the Security Union.
His last assignment was Deputy Director General of Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, with the specific task to coordinate the Commission-wide work related to the Central Mediterranean Route in the context of the refugees crisis.
Previously, he was Director for the “European Mobility Network” within Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, responsible for the development of the Trans-European Transport network infrastructure, the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility funding instrument and the creation of a Single European Rail area. Prior to this, he was Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility, in charge of transport security, clean and urban transport, intelligent transport systems and road safety.
He also worked as Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner, Mr Günther H. Oettinger, as Head of Unit for air transport services, aviation safety and environment and Head of the satellite navigation system programme – GALILEO.
His first posts in the Commission were assistant to Directors-General in the areas of Energy & Transport, External Relations, the Secretariat General and in the cabinet of the Commissioner for Research and Development, innovation, education and training.
Before joining the Commission, he worked as adviser to the Executive Committee of Belgacom and as public policy Manager at American Express International.
Mr Onidi holds Master degrees in International Economics, in European Studies and in Business Administration