(Source: European Commission)
Today, Ms Ramona Iulia Chiriac has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Bucharest. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Romania under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. She will take office on 1 July 2021.
Ms Chiriac, a Romanian national, is a career diplomat with nearly 20 years of experience in EU affairs, including at local level in Romania. Owing to her former positions, she has acquired strong strategic communication and political representation skills along with a thorough knowledge of the political context in Romania, making her highly suitable for leading the Commission’s Representation in the country.
Ms Chiriac has been a Consul General of Romania in the German federal state of Bavaria since 2016 and has been part of the Romanian diplomatic service since 2008. Prior to her over a decade-long experience in diplomatic functions, she worked in Romania’s central and local public administration, in particular on preparing the Romanian local authorities for the country’s accession to the EU. In the Romanian Ministry of European Integration, she was most notably responsible for the promotion of EU values, providing information on funding opportunities as well as disseminating knowledge about the EU through the organisation of conferences, seminars, campaigns and workshops.
Ms Chiriac graduated in European studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. She holds two Master´s Degrees, one in European Studies and another in Gender Studies.
The Commission maintains Representations in all capitals of EU Member States, and Regional Offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wroclaw. The Representations are the Commission’s eyes, ears and voice on the ground in EU Member States. They interact with national authorities, stakeholders and citizens, and inform the media and the public about EU policies. Heads of Representations are appointed by the President of the European Commission and are her political representatives in the Member State to which they are posted.
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