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Jos Delbeke

Jos Delbeke

Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission

Jos Delbeke was appointed Director-General of the European Commission's newly set-up Directorate-General for Climate Action in 2010, after having served for two years as Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for the Environment.

Mr. Delbeke was very involved in the negotiations on the package on climate change and energy in the EU Council and Parliament, and has also been a key player in developing Europe's international climate change strategy, its legislation on cars and fuels, the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EETS), and legislation on air quality and emissions from big industrial installations.

He joined the European Commission in 1986, where he was Head of Unit and later Director, responsible for economic and fiscal instruments as well as cost-benefit analysis in the field of the environment, and later for climate change. He was particularly involved in the new EU chemicals legislation REACH and, for several years, he was the European Commission's chief negotiator at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.

Mr. Delbeke holds a PhD degree in economics from the University of Leuven (KUL), where he has lectured. Before joining the Commission, he was a temporary staff member at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., in 1985.