24 Nov 2022
EC appoints new Deputy Director-General for JRC
The European Commission has decided to appoint Salla Saastamoinen as Deputy Director-General for the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The decision was announced on 22 November 2022. The JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. The date of effect of Ms. Saastamoinen's appointment is to be determined later.
Salla Saastamoinen is a Finnish national, with extensive policy-design experience to identify how the JRC's scientific and technological work can support best EU policy making. She has 25 years of career in the Commission, including 21 years in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST). She was acting Director General in DG JUST during the pandemic period. In this capacity, she was leading the EU policies on justice, rule of law, fundamental rights, equality, and consumers. In addition, and currently, she is Director for Civil and Commercial Justice in charge of the development of the European area of civil justice, including contract law and company law. Prior to that, she was Director for Equality. Previously, she also served as Head of several units in the same Directorate-General. Before joining the Commission in 1996, she was a partner in a business law firm, a researcher in law and author of several books on environmental law and EU law.
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