The Chief Economist Team at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is responsible for the development, coordination and production of economic analysis. It ensures that the Directorate-General (DG) bases its initiatives on sound economic evidence.
Chief Economist Román Arjona leads the team. It provides the DG with timely, robust and practical economic advice. We are involved in a broad spectrum of economic matters: from single market deepening and industrial policy modernisation to the analysis of strategic value chains and dependencies and the competitiveness and industrial aspects of the European green deal. We are also responsible for the coordination of the Chief Economists Networks inside the Commission and with Member States.
As part of the Commission's Better Regulation agenda, the members of the Chief Economist Team also implement the provisions of Better Regulation at the level of the DG. They make sure that impact assessments accompanying the DG's new initiatives and evaluations reviewing the existing work of the DG are of the highest standard.
Finally, the Chief Economist Team stimulates economic debate within the DG and beyond. It does this by publishing the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ economic papers series (Single Market Economics Papers), also in cooperation with experts, academia and institutions. The team further organises regular economic seminars on topics related to the DG’s work.