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21 Feb 2018

Jean-Eric Paquet appointed new Director-General of DG Research and Innovation

Jean-Eric Paquet will replace Robert-Jan Smits as the new Director-General of DG Research and Innovation as of 1 April 2018. Mr Paquet is a French national who has served as one of the three Deputy Secretaries-General of the Juncker Commission since November 2015. With 23 years of experience in the European Commission, Mr Paquet has most recently worked on the European Commission's proposals for deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and for an Industrial Policy Strategy. He also served as the Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin.

Signe Ratso will replace Jack Metthey as a new Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation. Ms Ratso is an Estonian national who has served as Director in DG Trade since March 2011. With overall 12 years of experience in the European Commission's DG Trade, Ms Ratso has been dealing with questions related to market access and industry. As a former Deputy Secretary-General for European integration and international cooperation of Estonia's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Ms Ratso can also draw on political experience relevant for her new position, and notably for the Commission's upcoming proposal on the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Today the European Commission has announced a number of appointments concerning its top management level in key strategic areas of the Commission, ranging from climate action, research, education, youth and culture via social affairs and employment to the Commission's Secretariat-General and the President's Cabinet. Today's appointments will significantly raise the number of women in the positions of Directors-General and Deputy Directors-General from just 11% in November 2014 to 36% now. This effort should help to reach a target of 40% by 31 October 2019.

EC Press Release

Jean-Eric Paquet

Photos: European Commission


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