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Olli-Pekka Rantala to become Director-General of the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s Services Department

Olli-Pekka Rantala to become Director-General of the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s Services Department

Press release 19.05.2016 14.15 fi sv en

On 19 May 2016, the Government appointed Master of Social Sciences Olli-Pekka Rantala (born 1974) as Director-General of the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s Services Department. Mr Rantala’s term of office will commence on 1 September 2016 and end on 31 August 2021.

Olli-Pekka Rantala has served as Director-General of the Ministry’s Data Department since 1 January 2016. Before this, he has worked as Unit Director in three different units within the Communications Policy Department. He has also worked as Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels.

The position of Director-General for the Services Department became open when the current Director-General Minna Kivimäki was chosen to be Finland's Coreper 1 representative as of 1 September 2016.

The Director-General also receives the Finnish title of ‘ylijohtaja’ (Chief Director). A Director-General takes part in the Ministry's management as a member of the management group, directs the work at the department and is responsible for effective operations.

The Services Department is responsible for those Ministry-related matters what relate to services and service markets, including universal services, public services, service users’ rights and consumer protection, economic policy in service provision, development of internal markets and digital commerce.

More information:

Mr Harri Pursiainen, Permanent Secretary, tel. +358 295 34 2389