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Despina Spanou

Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
Director for Consumers

Despina Spanou is the Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers[1]. Since 2013 she heads the directorate in charge of consumer policy including consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and consumers’ safety. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Principal Adviser to the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and was responsible for communication and stakeholders.

She was previously the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and for the Commissioner for Health, and later Education & Culture, Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010).

Despina Spanou started her career at the European Commission at the Directorate General for Competition. She had previously practised European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is a qualified lawyer, a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

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[1] In the previous mandate of the Commission, this Directorate was part of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers.