Daniel Calleja - the new man in charge at DG Environment
Daniel Calleja is the new Director General at DG Environment. He replaced Karl Falkenberg on 1st September 2015. Before that Mr Calleja worked for the European Commission departments DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. And DG Enterprise and Industry as Director General and Deputy Director General respectively. In the past, he has successfully negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the EU-US Open Skies Agreement. Prior to 2004, he worked in different positions in the cabinets of several Commissioners, including the President of the European Commission, advising on Transport and Competition matters, State Aids and the application of Community Law. Mr. Calleja was the Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, responsible for institutional affairs, and for the Amsterdam Treaty negotiations. He was also the Head of Cabinet of the Vice-president of the European Commission, Mrs. Loyola de Palacio, in charge of Transport and Energy between 1999 and 2004. where he contributed to the development of some key files including maritime safety the first EU Directive on renewables and the launch of the Galileo programme. He started his career in the Commission as Member of the Legal Service between 1986 and 1993, representing the institution in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice. His background is in Law and Business Administration.