Personalities: The European Commission appoints a new Director for the European Anti-Fraud Office

Joanna Krzeminska-Vamvaka

On November 17, 2021, the European Commission has decided to appoint Joanna Krzeminska-Vamvaka as Director of the Directorate in charge of Expenditure – Operations and Investigations in the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

OLAF is a Directorate-General of the European Commission that investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission. It has statutory independence in the conduct of investigations.

Joanna Krzeminska-Vamvaka, a Polish national, works currently as Head of Unit for Enforcement, Market access and SMEs in the Directorate-General for Trade (TRADE) where she is in charge of the Single Entry Point for enforcement of trade agreements. In her new position, she will draw on her extensive experience in conducting investigations in the field of trade defence, and on her thorough knowledge of budgetary, financial and human resources management issues, as well as on her solid communication and on her leadership skills.

Earlier in her career, from 2006 until 2020, she worked for the Trade Defence Directorate in DG TRADE, being in charge of legal and economic aspects of trade defence investigations, becoming Head of Unit in 2016. She joined the Commission in 2005 as legal officer for the Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) where she was notably in charge of monitoring the implementation of financial rules and procedures. The date of effect will be determined later.

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The European Commission appoints a new Head of Representation in Estonia

On November 17, 2021, Vivian Loonela has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Tallinn and will take office on  January 16, 2022. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Estonia under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen.

Ms Loonela, an Estonian national, has been working for the European Commission for over 16 years. During this time, she has acquired a thorough knowledge of the key EU policy areas and she is equipped with the political expertise necessary for representation and communication tasks as Head of the Commission Representation.

Vivian Loonela

Since 2019, Vivian Loonela is currently a Coordinating Spokesperson of the Commission for the European Green Deal, coordinating the Commission’s communication on this priority, in the areas of climate, energy, environment, oceans, transport, food safety and cohesion. Before, she was a Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip, leading the work on cybersecurity and on outreach to third countries on the Digital Single Market policies; as well as member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. She previously worked on Justice and Home Affairs cooperation with the U.S. and Ukraine. Before joining the Commission she served as a diplomat at the Estonian Permanent Representation to NATO.

Ms Loonela holds a law degree from the University of Tartu in Estonia. Apart from her mother tongue Estonian, she is fluent in English, French, Finnish and Russian.

Background

The Commission maintains Representations in all capitals of EU Member States, and Regional Offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wroclaw. The Representations are the Commission’s eyes, ears and voice on the ground in EU Member States. They interact with national authorities, stakeholders and citizens, and inform the media and the public about EU policies. Heads of Representations are appointed by the President of the European Commission and are her political representatives in the Member State to which they are posted.

For More Information

European Commission’s Representation in Estonia

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