Acting Director of DG NEAR B Directorate (Southern Neighborhood)
Henrike Trautmann is currently Acting Director of the Southern Neighborhood Directorate at DG NEAR (Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations - European Commission). She is also the Head of the Regional Programs and Cooperation Unit (DG NEAR B2) within this Directorate. Henrike Trautmann, a historian by training, has worked in the European Commission for more than 25 years, focusing on external relations. She has dealt with Common Foreign and Security Policy, communication, humanitarian assistance and civil protection, as well with a number of policy files related to resilience building in fragile countries. She strongly supports sound and constructive policy dialogues in the Southern Neighborhood, as a prerequisite for building sustainable partnerships. As regards energy cooperation in the Mediterranean area, she puts as a priority the development of comprehensive regulatory frameworks, the promotion of electricity interconnections, the massive deployment of renewables, energy efficiency measures in numerous economic sectors in order to gradually setup a reliable, integrated and efficient Mediterranean energy market.