Brussels, 13 July 2010
European Commission appoints seven Heads of Representations in Member States
The Commission announced today the names of new Heads of Representations for offices in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Greece, France, Lithuania, Poland and the U.K.
The Commission appointed:
Jan Michal as Head of Representation in Prague, who will start on 1 September 2010. Mr. Michal is an Adviser in the Commission's Secretariat-General;
Barbara Nolan as Head of Representation in Dublin, who will start on 1 October 2010. Ms. Nolan is Head of Unit in the Education and Culture Directorate-General;
Panayotis Carvounis as Head of Representation in Athens, who will start on 1 November 2010. Mr. Carvounis is Deputy Director-General in the Communication Directorate-General;
Anne Houtman as Head of Representation in Paris, who will start on 1 September 2010. Ms. Houtman is a Director at the Energy Directorate-General;
Natalija Kazlauskienė as Head of Representation in Vilnius, who will start on 1 September 2010. Ms. Kazlauskienė is a Director at the Regional Policy Directorate-General;
Ewa Synowiec as Head of Representation in Warsaw, who will start on 1 October 2010. Ms. Synowiec is a Director at the Trade Directorate-General;
Jonathan Scheele as Head of Representation in London, who will start on 1 August 2010. Mr. Scheele is a Director at the Mobility and Transport Directorate-General.
By nominating high-level and experienced officials as Heads of Representation, the Commission wants to show that it is committed to strengthening its partnership with the Member States and to working closer with authorities at national and regional levels.
The Commission appointed the officials based on their professional experience and sought to match the person with each country’s particular needs. While the appointees are expected to have good knowledge of the country and its language, having the same nationality as the Representation is not a job requirement.
The Commission also confirmed its strong commitment to gender equality in management positions: four out of the seven newly appointed officials are women.
More information on the individual appointments can be found in the separate press releases.