Since 10 July 2018, following the decision of the EESC Bureau, María Echevarria has been the acting secretary-general of the European Economic and Social Committee, and will remain in the post until the appointment of a new secretary-general.
Before becoming head of the Committee's general affairs directorate on 1 July 2010, María Echevarria worked for the Spanish public administration in Madrid and in Brussels at EU level.
At the Spanish permanent representation to the EU (2006-2010) and the ministry of agriculture and maritime affairs in Madrid (2004-2006) as well as the European Commission (2000-2004), she carried out duties relating to agriculture, fisheries, the environment, maritime affairs, research, health and food safety.
As the mother of a 12 year-old child, for her achieving a work-life balance is a challenge she takes up with enthusiasm. A swimming enthusiast, she also practices yoga and likes walking in nature and travelling by sea. (eh)