Personalities – The European Commission appoints a new Director in DG MARE

Fabrizio Donatella

On July 14. 2021, the European Commission has appointed Mr Fabrizio Donatella as Director in the Directorate “Fisheries Policy Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic and Outermost Regions” of DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE) with date of effect to be determined later.

Mr Donatella, an Italian national, has nearly three decades of experience at the Commission during which he has obtained a thorough knowledge of maritime affairs, trade policy and international cooperation in particular, complemented by a considerable amount of experience in leading negotiations on behalf of the EU with a variety of interlocutors.

He is currently Chief Negotiator for the fisheries agreements between the EU and the coastal states in the North Atlantic, the Baltic, the North Sea and the Skagerrak area while also having the role of Head of the EU Delegation to the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission. Earlier in his career, he served in a number of managerial positions in DG MARE as acting Director and Head of Unit. Building on his robust management skills, he is well suited to provide strong leadership as a Director in DG MARE.