Meet the European Commission’s new communications team.
Eric Mamer, a senior French EU official, will head the spokespersons’ service when President-elect Ursula von der Leyen takes office, the Commission said in a press release on Monday.
Mamer, a director at the Commission’s directorate general for the internal market (DG GROW), will also serve as the president’s chief spokesperson.
The new setup also includes a key role for Jens Flosdorff, a longtime close adviser to von der Leyen who is serving as her spokesman during the current transition period. He will be a member of von der Leyen’s Cabinet and serve as “Executive Communication adviser,” the Commission statement said.
Flosdorff will coordinate the Commission’s communications and oversee von der Leyen’s personal media appearances — heralding a change in the structure at the top of the next Commission’s comms team.
There was no such role in the current president’s Cabinet, with his chief spokesperson — Margaritis Schinas and more recently Mina Andreeva — directly reporting to Jean-Claude Juncker.
Mamer’s deputy will be Dana Spinant, a director in the directorate general for regional policy (DG REGIO). Spinant, a Romanian national, is a former journalist.
The duo of Mamer and Spinant offers gender and geographical balance — two elements that von der Leyen has stressed are important in forming her team.