Deputy Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Charlina Vitcheva was appointed Deputy Director General of the JRC in September 2016. Previous to this, she was Director of Smart and Sustainable Growth and Southern Europe at DG Regional and Urban Policy, and also held a position in Inclusive Growth, Territorial and Urban Development and Northern Europe. Before joining the Commission, Charlina spent 15 years in Bulgarian public administration, including at the Permanent Representation in Brussels, dealing mainly with agricultural and fisheries issues. During this period she was actively involved in Bulgaria’s accession negotiations, between which she headed the negotiations teams working on agriculture and rural development, food safety, and fisheries.