The European Commission has announced the appointment of Anne Calteux as the head of its representation in Luxembourg. She succeeds Yuriko Backes, who left last April to become the maréchal to the royal court (lord chamberlain). Stephan Koppelberg has been acting head of the representation in the interim. The commission said that the date when Calteux takes up her duties had still to be decided.
The Director-General of the commission’s communication directorate, Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen, tweeted her congratulations to Calteux on Tuesday afternoon. Calteux in effect will be the official representative of the European Commission in Luxembourg “under the political authority of president Ursula von der Leyen”, a statement from the commission read.
Calteux has been senior adviser and head of EU and international affairs at the ministry of health since 2016. Most recently, she was also responsible for the coordination of the ministry’s covid crisis unit.
In December 2018 she spoke to Delano about the Beneluxa initiative to make new treatments and so-called orphan drugs available at an affordable price to patients in five participating countries.
Calteux, who has a Master of laws, from LLM, King's College in London, where she has specialised in Comparative European law, also headed the communications unit at the ministry between 2016 and 2018.
Her previous experience at the EU permanent representation, from 2004 to 2013, saw her in charge of public health, pharmaceuticals and social security.
The commission maintains Representations in all capitals of EU member states, and also has a series of regional offices in several other cities. They are what the commission calls its “eyes, ears and voice on the ground”.