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European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Italy

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Commissie (EC), gepubliceerd op woensdag 29 april 2020.

Today, Mr Antonio Parenti has been appointed as Head of the European Commission's Representation in Italy. In this function, he will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Italy under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. As Head of Representation, he will be responsible for the entire Representation with its two offices in Rome and Milan. He will assume his office on 1 June 2020.

Mr Parenti, an Italian national, is currently the Head of the Economic, Trade and Development section in the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. Being a highly experienced civil servant, with 25 years of professional career mostly in the European Commission and the External Action Service, Mr. Antonio Parenti brings significant knowledge and experience in EU affairs into his new role.

The European Commission has also decided today to extend the mandate of Mr Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, Head of Regional Representation in Barcelona. Due to the current coronavirus crisis, he will remain in office until 31 August 2020.


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 support the President and the whole Commission in their interaction with Member States. Heads of Representation are nominated by the President and act under her political authority. They promote permanent political dialogue with the national, regional and local authorities, parliaments, social partners and civil society. The Representations provide country-specific knowledge, analysis and advice to the President and all Members of the College. They reach out to citizens and together with the Spokesperson's Service, they promote the action of the EU through press, information and communication activities.

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