The European Commission appoints a new Deputy Director-General for its energy department



The European Commission has decided on May 25, 2022, to transfer Matthew Baldwin, currently Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) to the function of Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER).

Matthew Baldwin

This Commission department is responsible for the EU’s energy policy: secure, sustainable, and competitively priced energy for Europe. Matthew Baldwin will notably supervise the work of the newly created ‘Energy Platform Task Force (EPTF)’, which will help the EU to deliver on the REPowerEU objective of reducing our dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The date of effect of this appointment will be determined later.

Matthew Baldwin, an Italian and British official, brings with him a significant expertise across a range of EU policy areas, including in the field of energy and climate issues. He also has a considerable amount of experience in negotiations including at international level, as well as robust management skills gained during 23 years of service at the European Commission. In his current function of Deputy Director-General in DG MOVE.

Matthew Baldwin was the European Coordinator for Road Safety, and worked on sustainable urban mobility. In 2021, he was appointed Mission Manager of the Horizon Europe Mission to deliver 100 climate neutral and smart cities. In the past, he served as Director and Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE), as Director for ‘Aviation and International Transport’ in DG MOVE and was Member of the Cabinets of President José Manuel Barroso and Commissioners Jonathan Hill and Pascal Lamy. Prior to joining the Commission in 1999, he worked in the British public service as First Secretary of the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, as well as Private Secretary to the UK Energy Minister.