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European Commission - Press release

European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in The Hague

Brussels, 1 March 2012 – Today, Mr. Andy Klom takes office as the new Head of Representation in The Hague.

Mr. Klom is currently the Head of the European Commission Representation in Wales. He brings to his new post knowledge and experience of working in the EU institutions as well as a sound background in EU external relations, media and communication.

Since joining the European Commission in 1993, Mr. Klom spent part of his career working in the Commission's External Relations department. He was responsible for a variety of negotiations with Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mercosur), as well as being involved in development programmes in these countries. He has also worked on the development of an EU energy policy.

Prior to his appointment in Wales, Mr. Klom spent the 2003-2004 academic year at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin in the United States as a visiting professor and resident Fellow. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Klom worked as a diplomat and policy officer on international environmental issues at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as an information analyst with an international bank in Amsterdam.

Mr. Klom was educated at the University of Amsterdam, where he graduated with master’s degrees in both political science and European studies.

Mr. Klom's broad experience will help the Representation in the Netherlands to play a key role in communicating with Dutch citizens and the media, as well as enhancing relations between the European Commission and national and local authorities and stakeholders.

Background:

The Commission has representations in all 27 EU Member States. They inform the media and public about EU policies and report to the Commission on significant developments in the country.

For more information

Homepage of Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner:

http://ec.europa.eu/reding

Contacts :

Matthew Newman (+32 2 296 24 06)

Mina Andreeva (+32 2 299 13 82)


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