National Experts to the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Starting from 2015, two Norwegian Seconded National Experts (SNEs) have strengthened the work of the EAS within elections, democracy and human right support.   

The EAS is the European Union's diplomatic service. It helps the EU's foreign affairs chief – the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – carry out the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Nicolay Paus is seconded to the Democracy and Electoral Observation Division of the EEAS in Brussels. Photo: Private

The Democracy and Electoral Observation Division

Nicolay Paus started as a policy officer to the Democracy and Electoral Observation Division in August 2015. In the EAS, he contributes to the planning and implementation of EU’s election observation missions. He has had a special responsibility for the EU’s Election Observation Mission to Uganda and for several follow up missions with the aim of assisting the countries’ ability to implement the recommendations of EU election observers.

-An overall aim is to work for better integration of the election observation activities into the broader context of the EU’s democracy assistance efforts, says Nicolay Paus.

The Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation Division

Another NORDEM seconded national expert, Elise Thoen, joined the Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation Division as a Policy Officer. The overall objective of the division is to mainstream and integrate human rights into all external actions of the EU. She has been tasked with the responsibility to promote, assess and update EU policies within the areas of human rights in conflict prevention and crisis management and children affected by armed.


Seconded National Experts (SNEs) have a dual role: They bring their expertise to the EU institutions, and take back to their home administration the knowledge of EU issues which they acquire during their period of secondment.


Published Apr. 28, 2016 10:09 AM - Last modified Apr. 28, 2016 10:47 AM