New REC Executive Director announced: Outgoing ED praised at REC General Assembly

December 1, 2016

The REC today announced Mihail Dimovski (from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as its new Executive Director from February 1, 2017.

“Dimovski’s résumé demonstrates skills and competencies that are fundamental to an insight of strategic challenges and opportunities in the REC region”, said H.E. Jari Vilen, Chair of the REC Board of Directors and Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg. “Dimovski has a broad understanding not only of the region, but also of the REC, as he spent close to 14 years in the REC (1999–2013) as topic area leader and REC senior expert on law, enforcement and compliance.”

The new REC Executive Director was selected after a unanimous decision of the members of the REC Board of Directors following a thorough vetting process. Before coming back to the REC, Dimovski worked for the Environment Agency Austria, as well as for leading multinational consulting companies, with a senior role in project planning, acquisition and implementation.

“I am thrilled and excited to lead this prestigious international organisation”, Dimovski told the General Assembly. “We need to continue to evolve and become more competitive. In order to be able to do great and significant work we will need to grow our economic, professional and technical capacities.”

“And while we are extremely pleased to announce this appointment, at the same time we express our gratitude to the outgoing Executive Director, Marta Szigeti Bonifert”, Vilen noted. 

Since 2003, Szigeti Bonifert has inspired and led significant improvements in the structure and management of the REC, resulting in outstanding impacts across Central Europe and beyond in fields such as education for sustainable development, climate diplomacy, public participation, and water management.

“Looking around the room, I can see partners and friends that go back many years, and I hope that we will remain partners and friends for many years to come”, Szigeti Bonifert told the General Assembly.

During her leadership, the REC became a fully fledged international organisation thanks to the special support of its founders (United States, Hungary and the European Commission) and to the political support of all the REC’s Signatory Countries. Over the past 13 years, the REC has implemented projects and programmes worth a total of EUR 170 million, thanks to generous assistance from and cooperation with the donor community, organisational partners and beneficiary stakeholders.

“Marta’s vision, expertise and boundless energy were essential to the success of the REC”, Jane Nishida, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator (US EPA), said in a recorded message.

The new REC Executive Director will begin his assignment on January 1, 2017, and will take over full responsibilities after a transition period from February 1, 2017.