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Eero Ailio works at the European Commission as Adviser on Energy Transition and Local Governance in Directorate-General for Energy. He focuses on policies accelerating the clean energy transition and fighting climate change i.a. through initiatives involving non-state actors and multi-level governance. This includes representing the Commission in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy secretariat, coordinating the Covenant of Mayors Europe initiative and contributing to other Energy Union enabling measures relating to energy poverty, islands and coal transition. He was a member of the negotiating team for the Clean Energy for All Europeans – legislative package.
Previously as the Deputy Head of Unit in the unit responsible for internal (retail) energy markets, smart grids and consumer protection and he lead the preparation of the Communication “Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers” (2015) which set the direction for retail provisions of the Electricity Directive (2018). As regards the civil society, he led the re-design of the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2015), represented the EC in implementing the merger of Global Covenant of Mayors between European Commission and Bloomberg Philantropies and co-managed the Clean Energy for EU Islands initiative. He conceptualised the EU Energy Poverty Observatory and led work on vulnerable consumers under Citizens Energy Forum. As a coordinator of hydrocarbon and solid fuel policies in DG Energy he concluded technical negotiations on the Directive on safety of offshore oil and gas operations (2013) in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Prior to the energy and climate sector, he worked on space, security as well as transport policies at the Commission. This involved external relations policies for the Galileo satellite navigation programme and related technology transfer, security and trade issues. He was Deputy Negotiator for international agreements with the United States, People’s Republic of China, Russia and Norway.
In the nineties he served as career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and in Brussels focusing on multilateral security, humanitarian aid and refugee policy issues in NATO, WEU and UNHCR. He was in the support team of President Martti Ahtisaari, who mediated a peace agreement in Kosovo in 1999.
In earlier years he has held various positions in corporate finance, media and city administration in Finland, Germany and Sweden.
1994 MSc (Econ.) at Swedish School of Business Administration, Finland
1991 Nordplus Scholar at Stockholm University, Sweden.
1987 QBA at Finnish Business College, Finland
2005 US International Visitors’ Leadership Programme