Director-General, European Commission, DG EMPL
Joost Korte was appointed Director-General of Directorate-General for Employment, Social
Affairs and Inclusion on the 16 March 2018.
Previously, the Dutch national served as Deputy Director-General in the European
Commission’s Trade Department, in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department as
well as in the Enlargement Department. Furthermore, Mr. Korte spent several years in the
Commission’s Secretariat General as Director responsible for the relations with the Council of
Ministers and gained extensive experience in the Private offices of Sir Leon Brittan, Chris
Patten and Danuta Hübner.
These professional experiences within the European institutions
allowed him to develop a profound understanding of EU decision-making.
A lawyer by training, Joost Korte joined the Commission in 1991, following eight years of
academic work on European law at the Universities of Utrecht and Edinburgh.