Movers and Shakers | 19 June 2020


By Mia Bartoloni

Mia Bartoloni is the Editor of Dods People EU and the European Public Affairs Directory (EPAD)

19 Jun 2020

Today’s Movers & Shakers are about: A German MEP announces his resignation, three Deputy Director-General appointments at the Commission, senior appointments at the EEAS, Ireland wins seat on UN Security Council, the latest Commission, public affairs appointments, and more!

European Parliament

Committees and Delegations
Heidi HAUTALA (Greens/EFA, FI) joins the Euronest Delegation (D-EPA).

Loucas FOURLAS (EPP, CY) joins the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).
Lefteris CHRISTOFOROU (EPP, CY) joins the Belarus Delegation (D-BY).
Stelios KYMPOUROPOULOS (EPP, EL) joins the India Delegation (D-IN).

Klaus BUCHNER (Greens/EFA, DE) has announced he will retire from Parliament as of 16 July. BUCHNER was first elected as a member in 2014 and placed human rights at the top of his agenda, travelling to Iran, Turkey and Western Sahara to support ethnic minorities in these countries. BUCHNER is currently a member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee as well as the Sub-committee on Security and Defence. He will be replaced by Manuela RIPA, a law graduate who has worked as a consultant in Brussels on issues such as environment, agriculture, energy, health and regional policy since 2011.

National parties
Francisco GUERREIRO (Greens/EFA) has decided to leave the party People Animals Nature citing political differences with the party’s leadership. He will continue to perform his duties as an independent with the Greens/EFA group in Parliament.

MEP news
Gunnar BECK (ID, DE): Parliament voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of the MEP in connection with a possible investigation into the alleged misuse of titles. BECK had listed himself as "Prof. Dr. Gunnar Beck, University Lecturer, Barrister-at-Law for EU Law, Neuss (NW)" in the May 2019 Parliament election ballot. Although BECK was awarded a doctorate in philosophy at the British Oxford University in 1996, he had not received a professor or doctorate in Germany.

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European Commission


Competition (COMP)
Deputy Director-General Cecilio MADERO VILLAREJO, announced his retirement in a meeting with the department’s senior management on Monday according to Politico Playbook.

Energy (ENER)
Cristina LOBILLO BORRERO, who was previously Principal Adviser in DG AGRI, replaces Paula PINHO as Director of Directorate A (Energy Policy).
Catharina SIKOW-MAGNY has been appointed Director of Directorate B (Internal Energy Market). She continues in her former role as Head of Unit B3 (Retail markets, consumers and local initiatives) in an acting capacity.

Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Sandra GALLINA, currently Deputy Director-General in DG TRADE will be transferred to the function of Deputy Director-General as of 1 July.

Human Resources and Security (HR)
Dirk LAPAGE has been appointed Adviser for HR Digital Transformation, reporting to Director-General Gertrud INGESTAD. LAPAGE has most recently worked as a senior adviser in DG DIGIT.

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
Hubert GAMBS, currently Director for Services in the Single Market and Digitalisation will become Deputy Director-General as of 1 July.
Kamil KILJANSKI replaces Josefina MONTEAGUDO as Head of Unit A1 (Economic Analysis/ Chief Economist). The latter was performing the role in an acting capacity.

International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Martin SEYCHELL, currently Deputy Director-General of DG SANTE, will be transferred to the function of Deputy Director-General as of 1 July.

Migration and Home Affairs (HOME)
Corinna ULLRICH, who previously worked with OLAF as Head of Unit (Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis) replaces Victoria AMICI as Head of Unit B1 (Borders and Schengen). Victoria AMICI moves to Head of Unit B4 (Innovation and Industry for Security), replacing Andrea DE CANDIDO who was performing the role in an acting capacity.
Tina SVENDSTRUP replaces Jo DE COCK as Head of Unit E1 (Funds Programming and Procedures). The latter was performing the role in an acting capacity.

Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)
Michaela STAHL replaces Gabriella FESUS as Head of Unit, Political and Inter-Institutional Coordination, Strategic Management, and Document Management in an acting capacity.
There has also been a shuffle of responsibilities between heads of units. Aida LIHA MATEJICEK replaces Carsten RASMUSSEN as Head of Unit E2 (Romania). RASMUSSEN moves to Head of Unit G3 (Cyprus and Greece) replacing Willebrordus SLUIJTERS. SLUIJTERS in turn replaces Nicolas GIBERT-MORIN as Head of Unit G4 (Italy and Malta). GIBERT-MORIN replaces Thomas BENDER as Head of Unit E4 (Hungary).

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European Council

Cabinet of the President
Belgian diplomat Frédéric BERNARD is the new head of cabinet for President Charles MICHEL. BERNARD, who previously served as Sherpa in the President’s cabinet, replaces outgoing François ROUX.


EU Institutions and Agencies

Committee of the Regions
A new working group on the European Green Deal called ‘Green Deal Going Local’, was launched on Monday, with the aim of putting cities and regions at the heart of the Deal and ensuring that the EU’s growth strategy and the post-Covid-19 recovery plan are translated into concrete projects tailored to each territory. Members of the working group:

Juan ESPADAS (PES, ES) - Chair
Donatella PORZI (PES, IT)
Vincent CHAUVET (RE, FR)
József KÓBOR (EA, HU)
Michael MURPHY (EPP, IE)
Ricardo RIO (EPP, PT)
Bernd VOSS (The Greens, DE)

European External Action Service (EEAS)
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep BORRELL, has announced the following senior appointments:

Joanneke BALFOORT as Director for Security and Defence Policy. She was previously Ambassador of the Netherlands to the EU Political and Security Committee.
Angelina EICHHORST as Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia. She was previously EEAS Director, Deputy Managing Director Western Europe, Western Balkans, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Carl HALLERGARD, as Director, Deputy Managing Director Middle East and North Africa. He was previously Deputy Head of Delegation to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva.
Javier NIÑO PEREZ as Director, Deputy Managing Director Americas. He was previously Head of the EEAS United States and Canada Division.


Public Affairs

Cosmetics Europe
Hervé TOUTAIN (L’ORÉAL) has been elected president for the 2020-22 term of office. TOUTAIN, who is currently a Senior Vice President for Product Stewardship and Public Affairs at L’ORÉAL, will take over from his predecessor Loïc ARMAND. Charles François GAUDEFROY (UNILEVER) and Ronald VAN WELIE (NCV) will continue as vice-presidents and Isabelle MARTIN (ESTÉE LAUDER) will continue in her role as treasurer.

The General Assembly has elected Hilary MINE, VP and Market Unit Leader, Nordics, Baltics, and Benelux, from Nokia, as its first female President. MINE will chair the Executive Board for two years, renewable for another two years. She succeeds Markus BORCHERT, CEO of Nokia Shanghai Bell and President of Nokia Greater China, who had served in the role since 2016.

FEDIOL (Association for European Vegetable Oil and Proteinmeal Industry)
Roger JANSON has been elected as president for a two-year mandate, 2020-22. JANSON, who is group leader for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain (CASC) Europe, Middle East and Africa, succeeds John GROSSMANN from ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), who was elected vice-president.

European Plastic Converters (EuPC)
Renato ZELCHER, CEO of Crocco SpA, has been re-elected president for the period 2020-2022.

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National News

Ireland has won a seat on the UN Security Council, securing the 128 votes needed for a two-year non-permanent seat. The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members, with five permanent members – the US, UK, France, Russia and China - and 10 non-permanent seats, filled on a rotating basis.

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