European commission names new environment chief

German Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg to become Europe's most senior environment policy civil servant from January

The European commission's environment department will get a new boss from January, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

The German Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg will take over as head of the environment directorate-general from Jos Delbeke, who held the role temporarily after the previous incumbent, Mogens Peter Carl, left to become a special advisor to the French presidency earlier this year (EED 13/08/08).

Like Mr Carl, the incoming director-general has a long history of working on trade issues and had previously served as deputy director-general in the commission's trade department.

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