Acting Director-General responsible for the coordination of Euratom policy. The Acting Director-General provides overall guidance, co-ordination and supervision of DG ENER’s activities in the areas of nuclear safety, radiation protection, spent fuel and radioactive waste management, as well as nuclear safeguards inspections and verification activities, with a view to ensuring coherence in the implementation of the European Commission’s responsibilities under the Euratom Treaty.
Previous Professional Experience
January 2014 – July 2020, Director for Nuclear Energy, Safety and the ITER project. The Directorate responsibilities include: Euratom legal issues, supervising the EU’s contribution to the international ITER nuclear fusion project; Euratom’s international relations; economic analysis of the nuclear fuel cycle; implementation of the EU Directives on nuclear safety, on the basic safety standards, and on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste; follow up of the EU’s nuclear safety stress tests; implementation of the EU’s assistance programme for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia, radiological emergency preparedness and response; monitoring of environmental radioactivity.
September 2004 – December 2013, Head of Unit for Euratom Coordination and International relations in the DG for Energy of the European Commission. Responsible for the post-Fukushima nuclear “stress tests” dossier; responsible for the adoption of the Euratom nuclear safety directive and its subsequent implementation.
From 1995 till 2004, DG Information Society of the European Commission as assistant to the Director in charge of strategy and political programming. For the period 2000 – 2004 Head of Sector responsible for the eContent programme, a community programme to support the production of digital content by small and medium size enterprises.
1989 – 1994, responsible for the plasma current and shape real time control system in the JET (Joint European Torus) fusion energy project (Culham, UK).
1994: PhD Informatics and Industrial Electronics, Padova University, Italy
1988: MSc Electronic Engineering, Padova University, Italy