Today, Vivian Loonela has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Tallinn and will take office on 16 January 2022. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Estonia under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen.
Ms Loonela, an Estonian national, has been working for the European Commission for over 16 years. During this time, she has acquired a thorough knowledge of the key EU policy areas and she is equipped with the political expertise necessary for representation and communication tasks as Head of the Commission Representation.
Since 2019, Vivian Loonela is currently a Coordinating Spokesperson of the Commission for the European Green Deal, coordinating the Commission’s communication on this priority, in the areas of climate, energy, environment, oceans, transport, food safety and cohesion. Before, she was a Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip, leading the work on cybersecurity and on outreach to third countries on the Digital Single Market policies; as well as member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. She previously worked on Justice and Home Affairs cooperation with the U.S. and Ukraine. Before joining the Commission she served as a diplomat at the Estonian Permanent Representation to NATO.
Ms Loonela holds a law degree from the University of Tartu in Estonia. Apart from her mother tongue Estonian, she is fluent in English, French, Finnish and Russian.
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.
Source: New Head of Representation in Estonia (europa.eu)
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