The European Commission today appointed Mr Ognjan Zlatev as the new head of the Commission's Representative Office in Zagreb (Croatia). Mr Zlatev, who is a Bulgarian citizen, is currently head of the European Commission Representative Office in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is an experienced communications expert with almost thirty years of work experience who has successfully contributed to the work of the Commission for the past six years in the Sofia Office of Representatives, and especially during the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2018. Mr Zlatev will assume his duty on 1 July 2019 and will be on the spot of Branko Baričević, while Mr Baričević will become President Juncker's Adviser for the preparation of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020. Mr Baričević was the Head of the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia at July 1, 2013, when Croatia became the 28th EU member state. He joined the European Commission after having served as Head of Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union in Brussels from 2005 to 2012 for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he worked in various diplomatic missions of Croatia (USA, Cyprus and Portugal).