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On 1 January this year, Mariana Kotzeva became the Acting Director-General of Eurostat.
Mrs Kotzeva's appointment follows the retirement of Walter Radermacher, in charge of Eurostat from 1 August 2008 until the end of last year.
Mariana Kotzeva, who is a Bulgarian national, joined Eurostat as a special adviser (Adviser hors classe) in April 2012.
In July 2014, she became Deputy Director-General, a post she still holds today.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Mrs Kotzeva was the Head of Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute.
She held a number of high-level consulting posts in the Bulgarian and foreign administrations and led international projects for the United Nations and the World Bank.
Mrs Kotzeva has a Master's degree in economics and a PhD in statistics and econometrics.