Today, Per Haugaard has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Copenhagen. In this function, he will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Denmark under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. The date of effect is to be determined later.
Per Haugaard, a Danish national, has pursued a long career of nearly 30 years at the European Commission. During this tenure, he occupied several key positions in the Secretariat-General, Cabinets and services and acquired a thorough understanding of a wide range of EU policy areas, as well as advanced communication and political representation skills.
Since 2019, he has been serving as a Trade Adviser and a Member of Cabinet of President von der Leyen. Prior to that, he was a Director in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) responsible for policy coordination since 2016. From 2010 until 2016, he worked in the Secretariat-General as Head of Unit, ‘International Dimension of EU Policies’ (including G7 and G20) and as the Permanent Representative of the Commission to the EU Political and Security Committee. In 2010, he was an Adviser on EU Strategic Partners for Asia and Latin-America in the Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE), as well as Media Analyst in the Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM). Between 2003 until 2010, he served in several Cabinets such as those of Trade Commissioners Catherine Ashton and Peter Mandelson, and of Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for enterprise and information society. He joined the latter after working as European Commission Spokesperson for enterprise and information society. Before joining the Commission in 1993, Per Haugaard worked in Van Bael & Bellis law firm in Brussels as a lawyer in competition and trade law.
The Commission maintains Representations in all capitals of EU Member States, and Regional Office 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.