The European Commission appoints a new Head of Representation in Berlin

Today, Barbara Gessler has been appointed as new Head of the European Commission Representation in Berlin, Germany. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Germany under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. The date of effect of her appointment will be determined later.

Barbara Gessler, a German national, will tap into her extensive expertise in EU policies and strategic communication, along with her substantial experience in the realms of political analysis and reporting as well as cultural policy. Between 2004-2009, she already completed a mandate as Head of the Regional Representation in Bonn, responsible for communication and dialogue with partners in the Bundesländer North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and Sarre. Boasting nearly three decades of service overall in EU institutions and the private sector, she is equipped with a remarkable comprehension of the Commission's political priorities, interinstitutional relations as well as with robust representation skills.

Ms Gessler currently serves as the Head of Unit for 'International Capacity Building in Higher Education' at the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the Commission. Previously, she was Head of Unit for the 'Creative Europe-Culture'  Programme' at Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Earlier on, she held various roles in the communication sector, taking on the role of Head of Press at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), among others.


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.

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