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EC appoints new Director General for energy

Friday, May 31, 2019

Ms Ditte Juul-Jørgensen will be in charge of DG ENER from 01 August, following Mr Dominique Ristori’s retirement.

The EC has appointed Ms Ditte Juul-Jørgensen as the new Director-General of the Directorate for Energy (DG ENER), effective of 01 August, after the current Director-General Dominique Ristori retires on 31 July.

Ms Juul-Jørgensen, a Danish national and lawyer by training, joined the EC in 1992, where she held various positions mainly in trade affairs and competition policy. From 2002 until 2006, she was Head of the Economic Section in the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. She then became  Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development from 2007 until her appointment as a Director in DG Trade in 2011. In November 2014, Ms Juul-Jørgensen was appointed Head of Cabinet by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who is in the running to become the next EC President.

Mr Ristori is leaving a substantial legacy. After joining the EC in 1978, his career spanned more than four decades in different DGs and various executive positions within the energy portfolio. Mr Ristori has dedicated his career to developing Europe’s common energy policy and since the early 1990s held numerous positions at DG ENER, culminating with his appointment as Director-General in January 2014. He was the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre from 2010 to 2013.

Mr Ristori played a crucial role in the preparation and adoption process of the first two Directives on the Internal Market for gas and electricity that laid the ground for the current energy market developments and energy transition in Europe. More recently, under his leadership, DG ENER was instrumental in the preparation, negotiation and recent adoption of the ambitious legislative “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package. He also successfully initiated the Florence and Madrid Fora for electricity and gas at the start of the regulatory process in the energy sector.


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