Xavier Troussard

Acting Director, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

Xavier Troussard (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Xavier Troussard graduated from the University of Rennes, France, with a Master’s degree in Law and General Administration and from the College of Europe in European Studies (Bruges, Belgium).
He is currently Acting Director at the Directorate General Education and Culture (EAC), Direction ‘Culture, Multilingualism and Communication’. Since 2007 he is Head of Unit (D1) ’Culture policy, diversity and Intercultural dialogue’ at the same directorate of the European Commission.
He began his career as administrator of the Audiovisual Policy Unit in 1989 at the DG for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual, and became Head of Unit there in 2002.

The uniqueness of this project is that we are trying to respect diversity, implementing solidarity, to cooperate and to create a political experiment. I see the major role of the EU as an enabler in this process, on top of what the Member States may do, not as an entity which should capture one image, frame it and say this is European culture.