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ECSA appoints Director Social, Legal and Fiscal Affairs and a Policy Advisor in Shipping and Trade Policy


ECSA, European Community Shipowners’ Associations has appointed Ms. Claudia Vella Casagrande to join its team in Brussels as its new Director Social, Legal and Fiscal Affairs.

Originally from Malta, Claudia worked for the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels for close to ten years as Employment and Social Affairs Attaché. Prior that, she worked for the College of Europe as a Legal Expert and Researcher and Project Manager for two years. She has a Masters’ degree in law.

For ECSA she will look after the Social Affairs files and be responsible for organising social dialogue with ECSA’s trade union counterpart, European Transport Workers’ Federation, ETF. In addition, she will be coordinating the work of ECSA’s Legal Advisory Committee and the Taxation Working Group.

Ms. Eirini Tsakona who joined ECSA in March 2016 works now as a Policy Advisor in ECSA’s Shipping and Trade policy team. Eirini has a Master’s degree in law and is originally from Greece. Before joining ECSA she worked for a law office in Greece followed by a five month traineeship at the European Commission in the European Antifraud Office, OLAF.


For more information, please contact:

Patrick Verhoeven
Secretary General

Rue Ducale, Hertogstraat 67/B2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

T +32 2 510 61 26


Karoliina Rasi
Director – Public Affairs & Communications

Rue Ducale, Hertogstraat 67/B2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
T +32 2 510 61 29 

M +32 476 349 263


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