Anni Virolainen-Julkunen was elected Chair of ECDC's Management Board at the Board's meeting on 13-14 November 2018, for a two-year term.
Zofija Mazej Kukovic, Management Board member representing the European Parliament, was elected Deputy Chair of ECDC's Management Board on the same occasion.
Dr Virolainen-Julkunen, MD, PhD, Specialist in Clinical Microbiology, is employed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland and serves there as Ministerial Counsellor. She has been ECDC's Management Board member from Finland since 2011, and has served as Deputy Chair since November 2016. Ms Mazej Kukovic is member of the ECDC Management Board since 2016, and has previously served as Minister of Health of Slovenia and as Member of the European Parliament.
As an independent EU Agency, ECDC reports to a Management Board whose members are nominated by the Member States, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The Management Board, as well as appointing the Director and holding her accountable for the leadership and management of the Centre, also ensures that the Centre carries out its mission and tasks in line with the founding regulation. The Management board approves and monitors implementation of ECDC's work programme and budget, it adopts its annual report and accounts - all in all, it acts as the governing body of the Centre. It meets at least twice a year.