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New Director- General for DG JUSTICE

The European Commission has decided to appoint, as of 1 February 2016, Tiina Astola as Director-General for Justice and Consumers.

As Permanent Secretary at the Finnish Ministry of Justice since 2007 Ms Astola, a Finnish national, is the highest ranking official in the Ministry with overall responsibility for both international and domestic law matters. She studied law at the University of Turku, Finland and holds a master's degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Throughout her career Ms Astola has held a variety of positions, including management posts, in the Ministries of Justice and of Finance. In particular, when she headed the European Law and later the Private Law teams at the Ministry of Justice, Ms Astola was involved in developing European law in important areas. Ms Astola will bring a sharp legal mind, excellent political skills and extensive management experience to her new assignment.