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Falkenberg moved on to Sustainable Development

In the second reorganisation since the European Commission (EC) changed administration in September 2014, the EC has reshuffled its senior management team in ‘a further step in gearing the commission towards effective delivery’.

Daniel Calleja Crespo
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Notably, Daniel Crespo Calleja (known as Daniel Calleja, pictured right), the Director-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, is to replace Karl Falkenberg as DG for Environment, while the German will take on a new role as Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development at the EU authority's in-house think-tank, the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). It is expected that he will continue to be involved in the development of the EC’s revised Circular Economy Package.

Calleja’s position will be filled by Briton Lowri Evans, current DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who has also previously held the role of DG for Competition.

The reshuffle is expected to take effect on 1 September, when Secretary-General Catherine Day retires. She will be replaced by Dutchman Alexander Italianer, who currently heads up DG Competition.

In total, the reshuffle will see:

  • 11 DGs move department or take on ‘other important assignments’;
  • eight Deputy DGs become DGs; and
  • the creation of a new DG position leading a task force responsible for ‘strategic issues’ related to the UK referendum on its relationship with the EU (to be filled by DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Jonathan Faull).

The EC has stated that three DG posts and 10 Deputy DG posts will be published ‘in the near future’, followed by the confirmation of those filling other Deputy DG posts, both current and new.

A full list detailing the reshuffle can be found below.

EC intends to bring in more female managers

Noting that the reshuffle has a lower proportion of women than men, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President in charge of Human Resources and Budget, said: “This is a team of talented and experienced professionals, who will work closely with the political leaders to deliver on the priorities of the Juncker Commission – the right people in the right place, at the right time. And I am strongly committed to bring the share of female managers to 40 per cent by the end of this mandate.”

Announcing the reshuffle last week, President of the EC, Jean-Claude Juncker, added: “We have a strong team in place to deliver on Europe's big priorities. At the same time, there are still too few women among our senior managers. It remains my firm intention to change that during my mandate.”

Juncker also thanked Day for her “commitment and skilful steer of [the] administration for so many years”, adding: “She played a crucial role in helping this new commission to start at full speed. I am sure our new Secretary-General, Alexander Italianer, will build on her tremendous success.”

Directors-General

Name

Current function

New
 function

Date of effect

Mr Alexander ITALIANER

DG COMP

Secretary-General

1 September 2015

Mr Joao AGUIAR MACHADO

DG MOVE

DG MARE

1 September 2015

Mr Daniel CALLEJA CRESPO

DG GROW

DG ENV

1 September 2015

Ms Lowri EVANS

DG MARE

DG GROW

1 September 2015

Mr Karl Friedrich FALKENBERG

DG ENV

Hors Classe Adviser ‘Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development’ EPSC

1 September 2015

Mr Jonathan FAULL

DG FISMA

DG ‘Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum’ in SG

1 September 2015

Mr Robert MADELIN

DG CNECT

Hors Classe Adviser ‘Senior Adviser for Innovation’ EPSC

1 September 2015

Mr Xavier PRATS MONNE

DG EAC

DG SANTE

1 September 2015

Mr Stephen QUEST

DG DIGIT

DG TAXUD

1 January 2016

Ms Martine REICHERTS

DG OP

DG EAC

1 September 2015

Mr Claus SØRENSEN

ECHO

Hors Classe Adviser ‘Senior Adviser for Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response’ EPSC

1 September 2015

 

 

Deputy Directors-General / Hors Classe Adviser

Name

Current function

New function

Date of effect

Mr Johannes LAITENBERGER

DDG SJ

DG COMP

1 September 2015

Mr Henrik HOLOLEI

DSG SG

DG MOVE

1 October 2015

Mr Olivier GUERSENT

DDG DG FISMA

DG FISMA

1 September 2015

Ms Marianne KLINGBEIL

DSG SG

DG ‘Regulatory Scrutiny Board’ in SG

1 July 2015

Ms Katarina MATHERNOVA

Hors ClasseAdviser DG REGIO

DDG DG NEAR

1 September 2015

Ms Monique PARIAT

DDG DG AGRI

DG ECHO

1 September 2015

Mr Timo PESONEN

DDG DG COMM

DG COMM

1 July 2015

Mr Martinus VERWEY

DDG DG ECFIN

DG ‘Structural Reform Support Service’ in SG

1 July 2015

Mr Roberto VIOLA

DDG DG CNECT

DG CNECT

1 September 2015

 

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