Aviva Silver was today appointed as the successor to Domenico Raneri as the head of the European Commission's MEDIA Programme.

The University of London law graduate has worked for the Commission since 1993, initially in the Internal Market Directorate General where she dealt with media issues.

From 1997-2002, she worked at the Education & Culture Directorate General where she was involved with the formulation of European policy and the application of Community law in the media sector.

More recently, she has been responsible for the elaboration, implementation and coordination of legal and policy developments for the support of the European audiovisual sector in the Information Society and Media Directorate General.

Domenico Raneri will move to the Executive Agency on January 1.