Mr Salmi joined the European Commission in January 2016 as Director of Security. The Security Directorate is responsible for the establishment of an internal security, intelligence and information service. Its aim is to ensure that the Commission operate in a secure environment, protecting its people, activities, information and assets.
Mr Salmi's work experience is mainly from the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), the Ministry of the Interior, and the Finnish Prime Minister’s office.
His career in the Security Intelligence Service started in 2002. The Security Intelligence Service’s key fields of activity are counter terrorism, counter intelligence and counter extremism.
Between 2002 and 2005, Mr Salmi worked first in the Counterespionage Unit and then as the Head of the Security Office. Between 2005 and 2007, Mr Salmi acted as the Chief of Cabinet, having responsibility for the legality supervision and international relations of the Service. At the same time, he acted as an adviser to the Director.
In May 2007, Mr Salmi was appointed as a special adviser to the Minister of the Interior.
He was appointed Director of the Security Intelligence Service in December 2007, a post he left in February 2011 when he took up his duties as Director of the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (EU INTCEN). EU INTCEN is part of the European External Action Service (EEAS). Its mission is to provide intelligence analyses, early warning and situational awareness to the High Representative Federica Mogherini and to the European External Action Service, to the various EU decision making bodies in the fields of the Common Security and Foreign Policy, the Common Security and Defence Policy and Counterterrorism, as well as to the EU Member States.