European Commission reinforces its senior management and President Juncker reorganises his close team

European Commission appoints new Secretary-General


Economy - published on 21 February 2018


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After over 32 years at the service of the European Commission, the current Secretary-General Alexander Italianer, has decided to retire from the European Commission. As a
result, and on the proposal of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the College has decided to appoint Martin Selmayr, the current Head of Cabinet of the
President, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission. This decision will take effect on 1 March. At the same time, President Juncker has decided that his current Deputy Head of
Cabinet, Clara Martinez Alberola, will become his new Head of Cabinet – the first-ever female Head of Cabinet of a Commission President. President
Juncker‘s current Diplomatic Adviser, Richard Szostak, will become his new Deputy Head of Cabinet.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “This morning, Alexander Italianer confirmed to me his wish to retire as Secretary-General of the Commission as of 1
March. I want to express my deep gratitude to him for decades of loyal service to the European Commission and over the past three years to me as its President. I truly appreciated working
with such an experienced and knowledgeable Secretary-General and I want to thank him for his skillful steer of our administration, as well as for having agreed to stay on for another month
to ensure a smooth transition. I am also glad that he agreed to continue to advise me, after 1 April, as Special Adviser on strategic issues on the EU’s agenda, in particular the
Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit Preparedness.”

Five new Directors-General and five new Deputy Directors-General for the Juncker Commission

Today the European Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level. Appointing the best people to the right positions will help the Juncker Commission
deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond. Today’s senior management decisions concern key strategic areas of the Juncker Commission’s work, ranging from climate action, research,
education, youth and culture via social affairs and employment to the Commission’s Secretariat-General and the President’s Cabinet. Today’s appointments will significantly boost the
number of women in the position of Directors-General and Deputy Directors-General from just 11% in November 2014 to 36% now. This is the result of President Juncker’s commitment to reach a target of 40% by 31 October 2019.

Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger in charge of Budget and Human Resources said: “By appointing the best people to the right positions, we are determined to use the current
window of opportunity and deliver on our political agenda. We are building on the experience of our senior managers, making sure they continue to serve the interest of this institution. I
will continue to place a strong emphasis on achieving President Juncker’s target of at least 40% of women in the Commission’s management.”

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