Valdis Zagorskis holds a degree in political science from the University of Latvia and a European Master in Social Security from the Leuven University. Before joining the European Commission, Valdis worked in the Latvian public administration and as an independent researcher. His first assignment for the Commission focused on monitoring Latvia’s preparations for the EU accession in the fields of employment and social affairs and social integration. After the 2004 EU enlargement, Valdis Zagorskis served as political officer and deputy head of the EC Representation in Latvia, where he was responsible for political affairs and stakeholder relations, while retaining a keen interest in social policies. Since 2012, Valdis works at the Social protection unit of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, where his responsibilities have included several supplementary pension initiatives, among them the 2014 Directive on the acquisition and preservation of supplementary pension rights (‘Portability’ directive).