The European Commission has decided to appoint Merete Clausen as Director for the ‘Investment’ Directorate and Jakub Boratyński as Director for the ‘Networks and Governance’ Directorate in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The aim of this DG is to create a deeper and fairer internal market, and to provide a favourable framework for creating growth and jobs in Europe by helping European enterprises and industries, in particular SMEs, to be globally competitive, innovative and sustainable, for the benefit of all European citizens. Merete Clausen is endowed with robust management and representation skills, a thorough understanding of EU financial instruments and financial institutions, important insights into risk analysis and risk sharing models for investment as well as a proven capacity to collaborate across policies and with economic and policy stakeholder communities.
Merete Clausen, a Danish national, is currently Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) where she is responsible for the inter-institutional relations between the Commission and the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other International Financial Institutions. Previously, she headed the Unit ‘Financing on innovation, competitiveness and employment policies’ in the same Directorate-General. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, she worked for a number of years as a lawyer in private practice in Copenhagen and Aarhus in Denmark, and for the European Court of Justice.