Deputy Head of Thematic Coordination and Innovation Unit, DG Regional
Policy, European Commission
John Walsh is deputy Head of Unit of the thematic coordination, innovation unit of the
Directorate General for Regional Policy in the European Commission.
In 2010 he was involved in producing the Commission Strategic report on implementation of
the current programmes across the EU 27.
In his functions he also works on knowledge management coordination within the DG and
externally through the Regions for Economic Change initiative. With a small team of
colleagues he supports the independent jury for the annual RegioStars awards.
He has a wide experience in issues linked to coordinating the implementation of the
Structural and Cohesion Funds as well as spending several years as a desk officer for
Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund activities in the UK and Ireland.
Before working in DG Regional Policy he worked in policy coordination in DG Research and
His started his career in the Irish Department of Enterprise and Employment working on EC
affairs and later on competition policy issues.