Charlina Vitcheva from Bulgaria has been appointed as new DG MARE

The European Commission has announced Charlina Vitcheva from Bulgaria as the new Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

The news was announced today by the European Commission who tweeted “We warmly welcome Ms. @vitcheva_eu as our new Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

“We look forward to work together for our #BluePlanet, towards sustainable #oceans & thriving coastal communities.”

In reply to the tweet the new Director-General replied  “I’m honored to start today a new journey as Director-General at @EU_MARE.

“Healthy #oceans are essential for our wellbeing on this planet, for sustainable development & sustainable food.

“I look forward to working with you for a bluer & greener planet for all.”

Ms Vitcheva has more than 20 years senior management experience in the public administration 10 years of which have been spent in the European Commission.

In her recent role Ms Vitcheva was Deputy Director-General at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission

She has worked on the Managing Knowledge Generation for evidence-informed policy making across the Commission and leading topical cross-cutting projects like evidence for SDGs, CITIES, Citizens engagement, Security and Cybersecurity, etc.

She has also led negotiations for more than 25 years – trade and WTO, accession negotiations, in the Council of the European Union on major reforms of the Common Agriculture Policy, for programmes and partnerships under the EU Structural and Investment Funds both with the relevant member states and within the European Commission.

Throughout the years building competence in agriculture, rural development, food safety and fisheries; regional and urban policy, financial management and programming investments in research and innovation, ICT, business and entrepreneurship, climate action, environment and low carbon economy, energy and transport, education, health and social inclusion, urban and territorial development; science and technical evidence for policy making for all major policies of the EU; cross-cutting project along with other projects.

Ms Vitcheva replaces acting Director-General Bernhard Freiss and she will take up the position with immediate effect.