Fabian Demicoli

Joanna Drake: First Maltese Director in the European Commission

 Joanna Drake has been appointed as the first Maltese Director in the European Commission. She has been appointed as Director of its Directorate General for Enterprise, as Director for the Promotion of Competitiveness of SMEs. This is the highest appointment that any Maltese held so far within the European Commission, apart from Dr. Joe Borg's appointment as Commissioner. 126 applicants were considered for the post.

 

Her experience in the EU matters and affairs has led to various other roles, above all one of the 6 members which formed Core Group of MEUSAC (Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee) One of six experts on EU issues appointed by Government to co-ordinate the consultation exercise with stakeholders and establish Malta's position on each of the accession negotiating chapters of the ACQUIS, under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2005 she took up her current appointment as Head of Representation of the European Commission in Malta.

GRTU is very pleased for Dr Drake and congratulates her. Dr Drake has always been of help to the GRTU and we have had several opportunities to work with her during her position as Head of Commission representation. Her appointment is positive and of pride to  all Maltese enterprises and their representatives, as is GRTU.

We look forward to working with Dr Drake soon, within her new role.

 

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