The European Commission appointed IES alumna, Florika Fink-Hooijer as Director-General of its department for Interpretation (DG SCIC). Ms Florika Fink-Hooijer took up her post on 1 June 2016. She is a German national who has been working for the European Commission since 1990. Between 1995 and 2000, she worked in the Cabinets of Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies (in charge of Regional Policy) and Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, responsible for Internal Market and Financial Services. Between 2000 and 2010, she was a Head of Unit, first in Directorate-General (DG) RELEX (the predecessor of the European External Action Service) and then in the Secretariat-General. In 2010, she headed the Cabinet of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva during her term as International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner. In 2012, she became Director in the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.