Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Brussels, 13 July 2022

Today, Maria Blassar has been appointed as new Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Helsinki. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Finland under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. She will take office on 1 September 2022.

Maria Blassar, a Finnish national, has pursued a career of over 25 years in European, Finnish and EFTA institutions, including over 10 years in the Commissions’ Representations in two Nordic capitals – Helsinki and Stockholm. Currently she is a Head of Press and Media Team, acting as a Spokesperson of the Commission’s Representation in Sweden. Prior to this, she was Acting Head of Representation, deputy Head of Representation and a Head of Political Reporting Team in Helsinki. In her new position in Finland, she will benefit from her thorough understanding of the EU, its decision-making processes and the political priorities of the Commission. She has also acquired a deep knowledge of the Finnish and international media and excellent communication and representation skills.

While working at the Representation, she was a member of the Disinformation Network of the Directorate General for Communication, fighting the fallacies on-line, as well as a member of the Rule of Law Country Team, with specific responsibilities for migration and global security. She has managed the Europe Direct centres network and she was working with national and local authorities, stakeholders, NGOs and journalists. She worked from 2003 until 2011 as a Counsellor in the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, responsible for a broad range of strategic European files. Before that, she was acting Head of unit and an administrator in the Commission’s Directorate General for Competition.

Maria Blassar holds a Master of Science in European Studies of the London School of Economics and a Master of Social Studies of the University of Helsinki.

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:

 Commission Representation in Finland

 

Source – EU Commission