Aurélio Cecílio

Chefe de Unidade da Direção-Geral da Política Regional e Urbana da Comissão Europeia

Aurélio Cecílio is Head of Unit in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission in Brussels. With his team, he is responsible for the negotiation, management and monitoring of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund interventions in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.

He has previously worked in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. In the framework of the EU2020 Strategy and the EU Semester Process, he has been responsible for the monitoring and assessment of Member States implementation of National Reform Programmes in the areas of labour market, social inclusion and education policies. He was also responsible for the negotiation, management and monitoring of European Social Fund (ESF) interventions in several Member States.

He also actively participated in the elaboration of guidance for the management and implementation of the ESF in new Member States before the 2004 accession process and was a member of the task force responsible for preparing the Structural Funds EU regulatory framework for the programming period 2007-2013.