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European Commission - Press release
European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Latvia
Brussels, 26 August 2011 - Ms Inna Šteinbuka will take office as Head of the Representation in Latvia on 1 September 2011.
Ms Šteinbuka has been working as the Director of Social and Information Society Statistics in Eurostat since 2009. She has a PhD in economics and has been a professor of economics at the Latvian University since 1997. She has been a corresponding member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences since 1998.
Ms Šteinbuka first joined the European Commission in 2005 as Director of Economic and Regional statistics in Eurostat. Prior to this (2001-2005), she was Chair of the Latvian Public Utilities Commission in charge of the regulation of electricity, gas and telecommunication markets as well as railway and postal services. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington. From 1991 to 1999, she worked in the Latvian Ministry of Finance, first as the Director of the Economic Analysis and Fiscal Policy Department and later as Advisor to the Minister of Finance.
In 2008 Ms Šteinbuka received the highest state award – Three Stars Order (3rd degree) for her distinguished achievements in the economy and finance.
Ms Šteinbuka's broad experience will help the Representation in Latvia to play a key role in communicating with Latvian citizens, and the media, as well as in boosting relations between the European Commission and national and local authorities as well as other stakeholders.
The Commission has Representations in all EU Member States. They represent the Commission in the Member States, inform the media and public about its policies and report to the Commission on significant developments in the country.