College meeting: The European Commission appoints a new Director for its department for agriculture and rural development


March 1, 2023

Marie Bourjou

The European Commission has decided today to appoint Marie Bourjou as Director ‘Assurance and Audit’ for its Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI). This Commission department is responsible for EU policy on agriculture and rural development and deals with all aspects of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The date of effect of her appointment is to be determined later.

Marie Bourjou, a Belgian national, is equipped with sound knowledge of key audit working methods and the Commission’s general audit strategy, combined with her expertise in agriculture and rural development matters which she acquired during her 20 years of experience in DG AGRI. In addition, she has also honed her leadership and representation skills throughout her former functions which will serve her greatly in her new capacity.

Marie Bourjou has been Acting Director for Resources in DG AGRI as well as Head of Unit ‘Budget management’ since 2022. Earlier in her career, she headed the unit ‘Direct payments’. She was also Team Leader ‘Budget policy coordination’ and ‘Audits of cross compliance’. Before joining the Commission in 2003, she worked as a Senior Auditor for a Consultant firm and Accounts consolidator for an energy company.