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14/07/2010 00:00:00

New Head of European Commission Representation in the UK

Mr Jonathan Scheele has been appointed as the new Head of Representation in the United Kingdom.  He will take up his duties in London on 1 August 2010.

The Representation is the official voice of the European Commission in the UK and is responsible for explaining Commission policies and making Europe more understandable to the British public.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Scheele said: "I am delighted to be returning to the UK after working overseas for many years and I am especially looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this new job brings."

Mr Scheele will prepare the opening of a new joint European Parliament and Commission Europe House on Smith Square in the autumn.  The new office venue will become the hub of many activities, debates and meetings with politicians, academics, artists and young people interested in Europe.

By appointing a high-ranking official in London, the Commission wants to show that it is committed to working very closely with the new government, as well as with all political groups in the United Kingdom.  With his high-level contacts in Brussels, Mr Scheele will help build a true partnership, based on mutual trust and confidence, between the UK and the Commission.

Mr Scheele's impressive track-record will help the London Representation play a key role in communicating with the British public, civil society and media, as well as strengthening relations between the Commission and national or regional authorities.

    Background

    Mr Scheele joined the Commission in 1974 and is currently a Director at the Mobility and Transport Directorate-General. In addition to his broad experience in the Directorate-Generals for industrial affairs, transport and external relations, Mr Scheele was the First Secretary and later Counsellor dealing with international trade in the Commission’s Permanent Delegation in Geneva between 1982 and 1988. Between 2001 and 2006 he served as Head of the Commission’s Delegation in Romania and accompanied the country's accession into the EU.

    Mr Scheele was born in 1948 in Brentwood Essex and graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1970.  He is married with two adult children and speaks French, Romanian and German.

    Heads of representations were also appointed in six other member states. For an overview of the appointment procedure and a list of all seven names, see IP/10/929.

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

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