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EU environment chief takes up post

Daniel Calleja has started in his new role as the European Commission’s directorate-general for the environment.

The Spaniard (above) replaced Karl Falkenberg on 1 September, moving from directorate-general for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Karl Falkenberg

Falkenberg (left) has moved to senior adviser for sustainable development at the European Political Strategy Centre think-tank, as the Commission announced in June.

A Commission spokesperson said at the time of the announcement that he would now be working across departments.

“Falkenberg will be asked to develop cross-policy thinking on sustainable development and to bring external trends, policies and issues to the attention of both the president and the college at political and technical level.

“He will also work on the implications of commitments under the post-2015 agenda and the sustainable development goals due to be adopted by the UN in September.”

This comes as part of Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s major reshuffle, including changes to a third of department chiefs.

Commission vice-president in charge of human resources and budget Kristalina Georgieva said: “This is a team of talented and experienced professionals, who will work closely with the political leaders to deliver on the priorities of the Juncker Commission - the right people in the right place, at the right time.”

Calleja is expected to be involved in the roll-out of the Commission’s revised circular economy package, expected to be released this year following a public consultation that attracted 1,420 responses.

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