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Brussels, 10 July 2007

The Commission appoints Martine Reicherts as Director-General of the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities

Today the European Commission appointed Martine Reicherts as Director-General of the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (OPOCE). She will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, management and governance of the Publications Office, acting under the authority of the Management Committee. This appointment brings to three the number of women in Director-General posts.

In her new role, Ms Reicherts will supervise the various activities of the Publications Office and plan its ongoing development over the coming years. The Office is an interinstitutional body publishing on various media in all official languages of the European Union. The Office publishes The Official Journal of the European Union, three major public online services (TED, CORDIS and EU Bookshop) and also manages production and distribution for some 7 000 publication projects annually.

Ms Reicherts, a 50-year-old Luxembourger, has since January 2003 been Director of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Luxembourg (OIL), with responsibility for managing the property portfolio, removals and transport, and social welfare facilities for the Commission's departments in Luxembourg.

Prior to joining OIL, Ms Reicherts was successively Head of Unit, acting Director and Director of Administration and Personnel Management (Luxembourg and Ispra) at the Commission's Directorate-General for Personnel and Administration.

From March 1998 to September 1999, Ms Reicherts was Spokesperson of the European Commission.

During her extensive career at the European Commission, Ms Reicherts has been a member of cabinet for three different Commissioners, including Commission President Jacques Santer. A lawyer by training, Ms Reicherts began her career at the European Commission in 1984, taking up a post in the Directorate-General for Science, Research and Development.

Ms Reicherts will take up her new duties in the coming weeks.

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