Today, the European Commission has decided to appoint 4 Directors to its departments for budget (DG BUDG), communications (DG COMM), human resources and security (DG HR) as well as a Principal Adviser in its department for climate action (DG CLIMA). Mr Andreas Schwarz, a German national, has been appointed to the position of Director for ‘Revenue and Multiannual Financial Framework’ in DG BUDG as of 1 August 2019. He joined the Commission on a permanent basis in 2003. His career has, to a large extent, evolved around the EU budget – he has been Deputy Head of the private offices of two Commissioners responsible for the EU budget – Mr Janusz Lewandowski and Ms Kristalina Georgieva – and has participated in the negotiations of two consecutive long-term budget frameworks (for 2014-2020 and for 2021-2027). Since November 2016, Mr Schwarz has been Head of the Unit ‘Multiannual Financial Framework’ in DG BUDG and since July 2018, he has been heading the directorate ‘Revenue and Multiannual Financial Framework’ in an acting capacity. Ms Lene Naesager, a Danish national, has been appointed to the position of Director for ‘Political Communication and Services’ in DG COMM. She joined the Commission in 1994. Ms Naesager has been leading outreach and communication activities in the Commission for nearly a decade – she first became head of unit in charge of relations with the other EU institutions and agricultural NGOs in the Commission’s agricultural department (DG AGRI) in 2010 and is currently leading the department’s ‘External communication and promotion policy’ unit. Before that, Ms Naesager served in the private offices of two Commissioners – Ms Ritt Bjerregaard and Ms Mariann Fischer Boel, in charge of environment and agriculture, respectively. The Commission has also decided to appoint Mr Richard Kühnel, an Austrian national, to the position of Director for ‘Representation and Communication in Member States’ in DG COMM as of 1 September 2019. Mr Kühnel joined the European Commission in 2004, after having spent 10 years in the Austrian diplomatic service. He first worked as a member of the private office of the then Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Between 2008 and 2014, he was Head of the European Commission Representation in Austria. Since 2014, he has been Head of the European Commission Representation in Berlin, Germany. Ms Georgeta Nicolaie, a Romanian national, will become Director of the ‘Investigation and Disciplinary Office of the Commission’ (IDOC) in DG HR as of 1 August 2019. Ms Nicolaie joined the European Commission in 2007, after having worked as a judge in different areas of law, as well as and in several legal organisations promoting and applying the fundamental principles of law. She first became a head of unit in the Commission in 2009 and has been in charge of the unit ‘Investigation and Disciplinary Affairs of the Commission’ in DG HR since 2017. Mr Dušan Chrenek, a Slovak national, has been appointed a Principal Adviser for ‘Energy Union Governance’ in DG CLIMA. He joined the European Commission in 2007 to work as a Head of Unit for enlargement in DG AGRI. Between 2012 and 2017, he served as Head of the Commission’s Representation in Slovakia and currently a Senior Expert in DG AGRI. Previously, Mr Chrenek worked in the Policy Unit of the High Representative/Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and held several senior posts in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These included Head of Cabinet of the Chief Negotiator for the Slovak accession to the EU, Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Department and Deputy Head of the Slovak Embassy in Madrid.