“We welcome Barbara with the certainty that the organization remains in excellent hands and are thrilled to be working with her”, said Sergio Aires, President of EAPN.
Barbara Helfferich was previously the Environment spokesperson for the European Commission. Before that, she served as a member of cabinet to the employment and social affairs commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou. Her primary roles were to help formulate soft and hard legislation in the field of social policy. She also oversaw the creation of the Open Method of Coordination in the field of social inclusion. In addition, she was in-charge of specific legislation to combat gender discrimination. Before Barbara joined the European Commission, she spent 8 years as Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby.
Barbara Helfferich replaces Fintan Farrell, who held this position with genuine dedication for 12 years.
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