(Source: EU Commission)
Today, the European Commission appointed Nathalie Berger as Director “Support to Member States Reforms” in the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (REFORM). The date of effect will be determined later. Nathalie Berger, a French national, has spent over 20 years at the Commission, working mainly in the field of internal market and financial services, contributing to the measures restoring financial stability after the 2008 financial crisis. In these positions, she had extensive interaction with Member States and the European Parliament, both for the design, negotiation and assistance in the implementation of the rulebook. The robust experience she has acquired in these areas will allow her to manage a policy Directorate in charge of successful planning, implementation and conclusion of technical support projects to Member States, and lead the development of a modern EU policy on public administration and governance. She is currently Deputy Director and Head of the Unit in charge of the regulation and supervision of the European banking sector in the Directorate-General for financial stability and capital markets (FISMA). In this context, she is charge of the regulation of the European banking sector to the service of an Economy that Works for the People. Her main ongoing works focus on the contribution of the banking sector to the EU recovery, the preparation of a banking package implementing the finalised Basel standards, and coordination of the relations with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the European Banking Authority, the European Central Bank and the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Previously, Ms Berger worked in several positions with relevance for her new appointment, including at DG FISMA where she was managing the unit in charge of the regulation of the insurance sector and pension funds. Earlier on, she also worked in the Directorate-General for Internal Market (DG MARKT) where she led the unit in charge of the negotiation and implementation of the reform of the financial sector. Nathalie Berger holds a Ph.D. Doctorate in Law. Also today, Ms Myrto Zambarta has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Nicosia and will take office on 1 September. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Cyprus under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. Ms Zambarta, a Cypriot national, has been working for the European Commission for over 15 years, during which she has acquired a thorough knowledge of several EU policy areas, in particular of international trade and investment issues, as well as humanitarian aid and crisis management. Owing to her former positions, she is equipped with significant experience in management functions and in undertaking representation and international negotiation tasks. Ms Zambarta is currently the Head of Unit in the Directorate General for Trade, responsible for Multilateral Affairs and the World Trade Organisation (since 2017). A press release is available for this last appointment.