Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

The European Commission has decided today 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.

In his new position, Jakub Boratyński will build on his thorough understanding of EU policies and legislation at the intersection of digital domain and internal market, as well as on his extensive management experience. He will also draw on his close familiarity with representing the Commission vis-à-vis internal and external stakeholders, the public as well as international institutions. Jakub Boratyński, a Polish national, is currently Head of Unit and Deputy to the Director in the Directorate ‘Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity’ in the Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) where he was in charge of cybersecurity and digital privacy policy initiatives. Earlier in his career, he headed two units in the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) and was a policy officer in the Directorate-General for External Relations (DG RELEX). Before joining the Commission in 2006, he was a Director at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and an External Relations Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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