Trade and Industrial Policy Director
Responsibility: Competitiveness, Trade and Transport, Industrial Policy.
Bernard Lombard is in charge of industrial policy and issues ranging from trade to competitiveness, better regulation, business intelligence and statistics. Impact assessment of EU legislation and better regulation are among his files. With his team, he secures the availability of an optimal set of statistical data and information to support the industry. He follows global and regional trade negotiations, advocates for increased market access for industry’s products and raw materials and addresses tariff and non-tariff barriers as well as trade defence measures to secure a level playing field for the European industry.
He joined CEPI in 2000 as Recycling & Economics Manager and had dealt with issues related to paper recycling, raw materials, economics and statistics. He was in charge of the organisation of an international event called the “Forest-Based Industries Forum” in France, Sweden and Belgium.
Prior to his appointment in CEPI he worked for COPACEL, the “Confédération de l’Industrie Française des Papiers, Cartons et Celluloses” in France where he was responsible for the economics and competitiveness department. During that period, he was the Secretary of UTIPULP, a European organisation gathering European market pulp users.
Before joining COPACEL, he worked as a consultant in Paris and carried out several studies on industrial sectors. He had also been a teacher for 2 years in a local school in Central Africa.
Bernard Lombard holds a Master in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nanterre and a degree in Business cycles analysis from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
You can contact Bernard in English and French.
Phone number: 32-2-627.49.22
Director, DG Trade, European Commission
Signe Ratso is Director in DG TRADE since 2007. Currently she is responsible for Trade Strategy and Analysis as well as Market Access issues, including implementation issues. Her Directorate is also in charge of the industrial sector aspects of the EU trade policy, including energy and access to raw materials. Previously she has kept a Director's post in the same DG, being responsible for the following areas: WTO and OECD issues, legal aspects of trade policy including WTO Dispute Settlements, export credits and dual use of exports, food-related sectors. After joining the Commission at the beginning of 2006, she held the post of Principal Adviser in DG TRADE for the first year. Before joining the Commission Signe Ratso worked as Deputy Secretary General (from 1994 to 2005) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia. In this position she was responsible for all EU-related issues in the following policy areas: trade and industrial policy, energy, transport, telecommunications, information society, internal market affairs. She was also responsible for co-ordinating Estonian positions for the Competitiveness Council and for the Transport, Energy and Telecommunication Council. She has been dealing with international trade issues since 1983, being responsible for Estonia's accession to the WTO and negotiating various bi- and multi-lateral trade and economic agreements. She has also been at the lead of Estonia's economic reforms and Estonia's accession to the EU. During Estonia's accession negotiations she was responsible for negotiating 6 economic chapters. She has two University degrees. In 1983 she graduated from Tartu University in Estonia as an English philologist, in 1993 in International Trade and International Economics. Signe Ratso is married and has a daughter and a son.