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.