Maja Bakran Marcich

  • Maja Bakran Marcich

    Academic qualifications:

    • 1997: Annual Diplomatic Course at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zagreb
    • 1996: M.Sc. Degree in Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb
    • 1992: Graduated from Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb
    • Degree in Biological Engineering – Ecology



    Professional experience in the European Institutions:

    As from 1 December 2016: Deputy Director-General – Directorate-General Mobility and Transport (MOVE)


    Professional experience before joining the European Institutions:

    • 06/2016 – 11/2016: Advisor to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Zagreb
    • 09/2015 – 05/2016: Director-General for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Zagreb
    • 04/2012 – 08/2015: Director for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Zagreb
    • 09/2011 – 03/2012: Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Zagreb
    • 08/2005 – 08/2011: Head of Unit for Sectoral Issues, Mission of Croatia to the EU, Bruxelles
    • 10/1999 – 07/2005: First Secretary, Mission of Croatia to the EU, Bruxelles
    • 03/1998 – 09/1999: Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Integration, Zagreb
    • 07/1996 – 02/1998: OSCE Desk-Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zagreb
    • 10/1994 – 06/1999: Research Assistant, Institute for Anthropological Research, University of Zagreb
    • 09/1993 – 09/1994: Advisor, Delegation of the European Commission, European Community Monitoring Mission, Zagreb
    • 12/1992 – 08/1993: Junior Research Assistant, Institute for Anthropological Research, University of Zagreb
    • 10/1991 – 11/1992: Interpreter and Liaison Officer, Croatian Liaison Office to the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM), Zagreb



    • 1996: Order of merit (Croatian Interlace) awarded by the President of the Republic for extraordinary contribution to progress and promotion of Croatia and the wellbeing of its citizens
    • 2016: Chevalier dans l`Ordre national du Mérite awarded by the President of the French Republic for exemplary contribution to the European integration of Croatia, achievement of European goals and contribution to bilateral relations


    Language Skills:

    • Croatian (native)
    • English (proficient user)
    • German, French, Italian (basic user)


    European Commission’s Agenda for the future mobility in the EU

    The  Commission is putting forward an agenda for the future of mobility in the EU.  Comprehensive package of regulatory and support measures has the purpose to make clean, competitive and connected mobility for all a reality and allow europe to be a global leader in shaping the future of mobility. First step was the 1 st mobility package published on 31 May, while the second mobility package will be published in November 2017, to be followed by a third in spring 2018. One of the key issues is the need to accelerate Europe’s transition towards zero-emission mobility. The Union needs a comprehensive regulatory framework comprising action on clean technologies through improved emission standards, and on deployment of low-carbon fuels.

    Global innovation and competition are accelerating and the automotive sector faces a fundamental transformation process. EU wide carbon dioxide emissions standards are a strong driver for innovation and efficiency and will contribute to strengthening competitiveness and pave the way for zero and low-emission vehicles in a technology-neutral way. The Commission has started work to revise the post 2020/2021 carbon dioxide standards for cars and vans. Options under review include specific targets for low and/or zero emission vehicles. EU standards for heavy duty vehicles are also under consideration by the commission. The EU must also harness the opportunities of digitisation and automation to build an efficient and interconnected mobility system providing users with safe, attractive, intelligent, seamless and increasingly automated mobility solutions. Digitisation helps to make transport and logistics operations more efficient by improving traffic flows and optimising the use of infrastructure, reducing administrative burdens for operators and allowing a better combination of public and private transport. It also contributes to the decarbonisation of transport by facilitating shifts to cleaner transport modes and promoting higher passenger vehicle occupancy rates. The Commission is supporting the coordinated rollout of mass market partially automated and connected vehicles by 2020 by taking forward a wide range of policy, regulatory, public support actions and stakeholder platforms in cooperation with member states and industry. A coordinated approach to spectrum management and the rollout of 5g technologies will be crucial enablers for these new services. The challenges are still great for higher levels of automation as well as for the next generations of communication technologies. Large-scale testing on the open road is essential to make progress on the technology, foster cooperation amongst the different actors and facilitate public acceptance. Such tests are already possible in several member states and are supported by dedicated calls in Horizon 2020. Mobility is changing fast. At the beginning of an era of connected and automated vehicles, shared mobility, zero emissions, and easy shifts between transport modes, it is high time to prepare the future of mobility in Europe. Europe must move from the fragmented transport networks of today towards an integrated, modern and sustainable mobility system, which is connected to the energy and digital networks. Citizens and businesses must be offered safe, smart and seamless mobility solutions across Europe, and European infrastructure must be among the most advanced of the major global economies.