Klen Jäärats has won the public competition for the position of Director for European Union Affairs and will continue serving in the position.
Jäärats was first appointed as the Director for European Union Affairs in 2014, when his most important task was successfully organising Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prior to that, he had served as the Deputy Director for European Union Affairs since 2010. He has worked at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, in Brussels, first as the Home Affairs Attaché and later as an adviser to permanent representatives from Estonia. In addition, he has previously worked at the Ministry of the Interior in the fields of accession negotiations and migration policy as well as in the Citizenship and Migration Board as the head of the refugees department.
Jäärats obtained his higher education at the Institute of Law and has completed the Newton leadership offspring programme offered by the Top Civil Service Excellence Centre of the Government Office. He took part in Estonia’s accession negotiations with the EU and the Schengen Area and was directly involved in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Lisbon.
The Director for European Union Affairs advises and supports the Prime Minister in matters regarding the EU, and stands for the capability and integrity of good government policies concerning the EU. The Director for European Union Affairs manages the work of the Coordination Council of EU Issues and supervises the European Union Secretariat of the Government Office.
The State Secretary announced the competition for the position of Director for European Union Affairs on 21 May. A total of 10 applications were submitted to the public competition organised by the Committee for the Selection of Top Managers; with two candidates making it to the final round.
The term of service of a Top Manager in civil service is 5 years.