Elisabeth Werner is an Austrian national and holds an economics degree from the University of Vienna and an MA in European Affairs (Collège d’Europe. She joined the European Commission in 1996 and held various posts in budget, budget control and transport and mobility.
She was Member of Cabinet 2004-2008 (Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud), Head of Unit responsible for relations with the Court of Auditors and budgetary discharge and Head of the Strategy, Inter-institutional and communication unit for European transport policy.
At the start of the Juncker Commission, Mrs Werner joined the cabinet of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, in charge of Budget and Human resources, first as Senior expert and as Head of Cabinet until end 2016.
Since 2017 Mrs Werner is back to DG Mobility and Transport and was appointed Director for Land Transport (rail and road).