Latvian diplomat appointed European Commission’s acting secretary-general

Ilze Juhansone, a former Latvian diplomat and current deputy secretary-general of the European Commission, has been appointed the European Commission’s acting secretary-general, LETA was told at the European Commission.

Together with current two deputies – Pascal Leardini and Celine Gauer – Juhansone will lead and steer the work of the Secretariat-General and will notably ensure continuity and a smooth transition between the end of the Juncker Commission and the beginning of the Von der Leyen Commission.

European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr has announced he’ll resign to dispel concerns about Germany’s excessive influence with the Commission following Ursula von der Leyen’s election as the European Commission’s President.

Juhansone, then Latvia’s ambassador to the European Union, was appointed the European Commission’s deputy secretary-general in 2015.

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