Anna Jarosz-Friis is Acting Director in the recently established Directorate E - Ukraine Service, in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), and Head of the Secretariat of the Donor Coordination Platform (Ukraine). Previously, Anna worked in the Commission’s budget department, in charge of strategy, interinstitutional relations and communication, and was part of the team behind the proposal for the NextGenerationEU and its main programme, the Recovery and Resilience Facility. Anna also worked in the Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), where she was leading a unit responsible for State aid control in the energy sector, with a specific focus on support to renewables and capacity mechanism. Her experience also includes leading one of the Financial Crisis Taskforce units in DG COMP, dealing with restructuring and resolving banks that received State aid during the financial crisis. Anna was part of the private office of Mr Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition in the Barroso II Commission. Her earlier assignments in the Commission included developing state aid crisis rules for banks and negotiating rules on subsidies in the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, among others. Anna holds a PhD in economics and worked in academia in Poland and Denmark prior to joining the Commission in 2002.