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Director-General, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission


Having served in numerous senior positions in the European Commission, including in various cabinets of Members of the European Commission and as Head of Cabinet for Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Florika is recognised for her strong management and leadership skills.

A German lawyer by training, with a doctorate in copyright and experience in private law firms, Florika combines an in-depth knowledge of a vast range of EU policy fields with a solid track record of accomplishments notably in foreign external and security policy, humanitarian aid and disaster risk management and EU Environmental Policy. Several decades spent in the upper echelons of the European Commission have resulted in extensive experience of steering complex inter-institutional and intergovernmental negotiations to a successful conclusion.

Florika is in charge of leading the European Green Deal with regard to Circular Economy, Biodiversity and Zero Pollution.

“Water is one of the greatest challenges of the years to come. By acting today we can prevent serious fall outs from water stress on our citizens, industry and social peace. This requires action at local, national but also European level. Freshwater is the fastest depleting resource on earth, yet water is our future, so we have to get it right!”