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Trarieux named head of EU ag relations unit

Jean-Marc Trarieux

Jean-Marc Trarieux

BRUSSELS — Jean-Marc Trarieux, a former agriculture counselor at the European Union Delegation in Washington, has been appointed head of the European Commission's unit in charge of bilateral agriculture relations with the United States and other industrial countries and the EU's relations with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

As head of unit in the Directorate-General of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, Trarieux will be central to the EU's agricultural negotiations in the proposed U.S.-EU free trade agreement, assuming it goes forward. The other countries that fall within the unit are Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Between mid 2007 and September 1, Trarieux was deputy head of DG AGRI's WTO Unit which deals with agricultural matters related to the Geneva-based World Trade Organization including the Doha Round negotiations.

Trarieux served as EU agricultural counselor in Washington from 2003 to 2007.

He started his career as a European Commission official in July 2000 at the European Commission Delegation in Warsaw, Poland, where he was head of the Agriculture and Regional Development Section, responsible for agricultural policy and trade, veterinary and phytosanitary matters, food safety, and regional policy. In this capacity, Trarieux managed a team supervising EU assistance programs designed to prepare Poland’s agricultural sector for entry into the European Union.

From 1997 to 2000 Trarieux worked in the Baltic states on institutional strengthening projects funded under the EU PHARE program, assisting the ministries of agriculture in Latvia and Estonia with their EU accession preparation regarding the CAP and food safety.

From late-1995 to early-1997, Trarieux worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the French Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands, monitoring Dutch agri-business developments and supporting bilateral trade in agriculture.

Trarieux has a postgraduate degree in agricultural economics from the University of Montpellier, France, and an agronomist engineer diploma from the Montpellier-based Agricultural College. He wrote his research papers on the farming sectors of Hungary and Romania. He grew up on a cattle farm in the Limousin region of southwestern France.