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Biography

Ms Yvon Slingenberg is Director in DG Climate Action of the European Commission, responsible for International climate negotiations and mainstreaming of climate issues in EU policies.

During the first two years of the Juncker Commission, she was Senior Adviser in the Cabinet of Commissioner Arias Cañete for Climate Action and Energy, where she was in charge of issues related to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), Effort Sharing and land-use, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Until November 2014 she was Head of Unit in the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission in charge of the “Implementation of the EU ETS". The ETS is a market based instrument and key tool of EU Climate Policy to drive emission reductions in the most cost-efficient manner. In that capacity, Yvon was in charge of ETS reform, including the Market Stability Reserve, and the role of the ETS in the 2030 climate and energy policy framework. Previously, she was closely involved in the negotiations on the 2020 climate & energy package, and steered the adoption of numerous implementing measures necessary to enable the harmonised approach for phase 3 (2013-2020) of the revised ETS.

From 2003 to 2007 Yvon was in charge of the chemicals policy unit and negotiated the new chemicals legislation (REACH). She has also worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner Wallström on environment and climate issues (2002-2003), for the European Commission's Task-force for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 (Johannesburg),  for 4 years (1998-2002) in the international climate negotiations and 5 years in the “Waste Management Policy” Unit.

Yvon is a lawyer of Dutch nationality with a degree in international law (specialisation in environmental law) from the University of Amsterdam. She speaks Dutch (mother tongue), English, French, German and Spanish.