The European Commission has today decided to appoint Ms Ditte Juul Jørgensen, currently the head of Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager office, to the position of Director-General in its energy department (DG Energy) as of 1 August, following the retirementon of the Mr Dominique Ristori 31 July. The Commission has also decided to appoint Ms Sabine Weyand, currently the Deputy Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU (TF50), to the position of Director-General of its trade department (DG Trade). She will take up her new job on 1 June, succeeding Mr Jean-Luc Demarty who will continue to advise and support President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Secretary-General regarding the implementation of the EU-U.S.
Joint Statement agreed by the President and President Trump on 25 July 2018. Finally, the Commission has decided to appoint Mr Pascal Leardini to the position of Deputy Secretary-General and the Chief of the Commission Operating Officer as of 1 June. Mr Leardini has been holding this position in an acting capacity since the appointment of Ms Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen to the position of Director-General of its Communication department (DG COMM) earlier this year.