Ms Ramona Iulia Chiriac has been appointed as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Bucharest in July 2021 and was the official representative of the European Commission in Romania under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen. 

Ms Chiriac, a Romanian national, is a career diplomat since 2008 and has been Consul General of Romania in the German federal state of Bavaria between 2016 and 2021. She has been working in the field of EU affairs for nearly 20 years, in both Romania’s central and local public administration, preparing the Romanian local authorities for the country’s accession to the EU. In the Romanian Ministry of European Integration, she was notably responsible for the promotion of EU values, providing information on funding opportunities as well as disseminating knowledge about the EU through the organisation of conferences, seminars, campaigns and workshops.

Ms Chiriac graduated in European studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. She holds two Master´s Degrees, one in European Studies and another in Gender Studies, with 4 years of doctoral studies at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Muenster, Germany. Her book – a social constructivist perspective on Romanian presidents, understood as political products and as producers of meaning and their discourses as instruments of power – entitled Big Issues and Big Words. Europe and Europeanness in the Romanian Presidential Discourse. 1993-2007, was published in 2017.