Latvia’s former permanent representative to the European Union, Ilze Juhansone, has been named interim Secretary-General of the European Commission.

Previously, Juhansone served as a Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission, and will now step in to replace Martin Selmayr, who resigned from the post earlier after the European Council tapped Germany’s former defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, to replace Juncker in the EU’s top post.

Congratulations and good luck. Let’s work together!” tweeted the European Commission’s Latvian-born vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis.

Juhansone has been serving as a Deputy Secretary-General for Selmayr in 2015. She was Latvia’s ambassador and served in her country’s with foreign ministry as well as Deputy Secretary of State and Head of the EU Directorate.

New Europe / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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