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Brussels, 10 June 2009

Hervé Jouanjean appointed Director-General for Budget

Today the European Commission appointed Mr Hervé Jouanjean as Director-General of the Directorate-General for Budget.

In his new role, Mr Jouanjean will provide strategic guidance and general management to the Budget DG and the over 400 members of its staff. The Budget DG ensures the Commission gets the resources it needs in order to carry out European Union policy. The Budget DG manages the regulatory framework for the budget, promotes sound financial management of Community funds, and reports on budget implementation and on progress towards a positive declaration of assurance by the Court of Auditors. The Budget DG also includes the Commission's accounting department.

Hervé Jouanjean, a 59 year-old Frenchman, is currently Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission in charge of inter-institutional relations and he is responsible for representing the Commission at the Permanent Representative's Committee (COREPER). He is also the Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa in the G8 framework. After starting his career in the French Banking sector he joined the Commission and since then has held a variety of posts, including Head of Unit in the External Relations DG where he was responsible for the external dimension of the internal market (1989–93); Deputy Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission in Geneva to the International Organisations (WTO and UN) (1993-1995); Director in the TRADE DG formerly the External Relations DG responsible for the WTO and OECD (1996–2003). From 2003 to 2006, Mr Jouanjean was Deputy Director-General for External Relations in charge of Asia and Latin America.

Mr Jouanjean holds a degree in economics and finance from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, and various doctorates (DES) in econometrics and international relations from the Université de Paris.

He will take up his new duties in the coming weeks.

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