Areva stated that Ms Palacio will be appointed senior vice president of international affairs and marketing, once Jean-Jacques Gautrot takes up his new role heading the group’s activities in the UK.

The French nuclear group noted that Ms Palacio is a lawyer by profession, specializing in European community law. She served as a member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2002.

During her mandate, she chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Internal Market, as well as the Committee on Justice and Home Affairs. She also chaired the Conference of Committee Chairmen, the European Parliament’s senior body for the co-ordination of legislative work.