Mihail Dumitru is currently Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development, a position he was appointed to in January 2017. After graduating from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania, he worked three years in a large state-owned farm in Prahova county, South Romania. After this experience he moved into economic research carrying research studies in agricultural economics and rural economics at the Institute of Agricultural Economics Bucharest a constituent institute of Romanian Academy where he was head of a research department. In 1995 he joined the Delegation of the European Commission in Bucharest where he followed the whole process of Romania’s accession to the EU, being in charge of agriculture and other related sectors. In the last years prior to accession he headed the section of the Delegation in charge of Agriculture and Internal market. In 2006 he joined DG AGRI where he was in charge of negotiation of the first rural development program (2007-2013) of Romania co-financed by EAFRD.
In 2010, Dumitru became Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Romania and re-joined the European Commission in early 2011 where he took over a directorate in charge of Rural development programs.