Frenchman to be voice of von der Leyen

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European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen | Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

Eric Mamer will become European Commission’s chief spokesperson.

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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.

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