New breed to run Commission’s national representation offices

Commissioner Wallström is seeking to strengthen the communication profile of the Commission’s national delegations with a string of nominations in seven new member states. Many have a background in media.

A previous career in media and no working experience in the Commission – that is the profile of many of the new heads of the Commission’s national representation in Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Four out of seven nominees are women.

In an interview with EURACTIV Communication Commissioner Ms Margot Wallström earlier expressed her ambition to boost the Commission’s communication efforts by strengthening national representations. That is also one key element in the Communication action plan of 20 July 2005.

“The representations are the official voice of the European Commission in the member states. They are responsible for explaining policies of the European Union and making Europe more understandable to people. They provide information about the EU through recognised outlets such as public libraries, business advice centres and education services,” explains the Commission.

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