European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Lisbon
Ms Alves, who will take up office on 16 July, brings over twenty years of European and International affairs experience to the post.
An experienced lawyer, Ms Alves works for the European Commission since 2003, specialising in competition policy. She first joined the Commission as case officer in the Transport unit of the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition after having worked as "Référendaire" in the Chambers of Judge Moura Ramos at the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg.
After seven years in DG Competition, Ms Alves became member of the Cabinet of former Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia (from 2010 to 2013), advising him in the areas of cartels, antitrust and merger control in the transport, pharma, agriculture and food, and manufacturing sectors. After this post, she became Head of Unit in DG Competition responsible for coordinating the work of the National Competition Authorities in the application of the EU antitrust law (from 2013 until 2015).
Since May 2015, she was seconded to the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) in Lisbon as Head of Cabinet advising the Board on all areas of competence of the PCA.
Ms Alves started her career as a Teaching Assistant at the Law Department of the College of Europe, followed by a one year experience in the private sector working for the Belgian law firm Vermulst & Waer advocaten.
Ms Alves obtained her Law Degree from the University of Lisbon and a Master of European Legal Studies (LLM.) from the College of Europe in Bruges.
The European Commission has Representations in all 28 EU Member States as well as Regional Offices in Barcelona, Belfast, Bonn, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wroclaw. The Representations are the Commission's eyes, ears and voice on the ground in all EU Member States. They interact with national authorities and stakeholders and inform the media and the public about EU policies. The Representations report to the Commission's headquarters on significant developments in the Member States. Since the beginning of the Juncker Commission, Heads of Representations are appointed by the President and are his political representatives in the Member State to which they are posted.
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