Highlights of 2017

2000+ Participants | 50+ Utilities | 206 Speakers | 51 Countries | 200+ International Delegates | 40+ Exhibitors | 400+ Organizational Participants | 40+ Supporting Partners | 50+ Media Participants | 64 Technical Papers

Christopher JonesChristopher Wingfield Jones is Deputy Director General – Energy at European Commission. At European Institutes from 1st November 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Director-General “Coordination of Directorates A, B and C” in the Energy Directorate-General. Between January 2010 – October 2014 he was appointed as Head of Cabinet of Mr Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development. Responsible for general co-ordination of development policy; and notably the conception and implementation of the Agenda for Change, the Commission’s approach in development terms to the preparation of the Post-2015 Instrument that will replace theMillennium Development Goals, and the design and promotion of the Energy for Allinitiative together with the UN. Between November 2008 – January 2010 he was appointed as Directorate-General for Energy and Transport Director responsible for New and Renewable sources of energy, Energy Efficiency and Innovation; in particular for the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive and the design,conception and negotiation of the labelling and energy efficiency standards. Between 2004 – 2008 he was appointed as Cabinet of Mr Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy. Deputy Head of Cabinet, responsible for co-ordination and strategic development of energy policy; notably the conception, design and negotiation of the EU’s “20-20-20” Energy programme, as well as the design, conception and negotiation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive. From 1997 to 2004 he was Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. Head of Unit C2 “Gas andElectricity”, Responsible for all issues regarding gas and electricity, notably the design, conception and negotiation of the second gas/electricity internal market Directives and Regulation on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity, as well as the design, conception and negotiation of the Athens treaty, creating a regional electricity market in South-East Europe and integrating this into the EU’s market.For part of this period, also acting Head of Unit, Oil and Gas. From 1994 to 1997 he was Directorate-General for Competition. Personal Assistant to the Director- General for Competition; firstly Director-General Ehlermann, thereafter Director-General Schaub. Between 1993 – 1994 he was Directorate-General for Competition. Member of DG IV-A-1 dealing withhorizontal issues in competition policy; in particular responsible for design, conception andnegotiation of the new Form A/B for notifying agreements, the new de-minimis notice, thenotice on anti-trust immunity and the preparatory work leading to the green paper onvertical restraints. From 1992 to 1993 he was appointed as Cabinet of Sir Leon Brittan, Commissioner for Competition policy. Member ofthe Cabinet, responsible for anti-trust, mergers, Ex-Article 90 (liberalisation, in particulartelecoms, terminal equipment and post), audio-visual and infringements. From 1989 to 1991 he was Directorate-General for Competition. Responsible for setting up the MergerTask Force. This included drafting the relevant implementing legislation and administrativearrangements. Thereafter, case handler in the Merger Task Force and during 1985 – 1989 he was Directorate-General for Competition. Desk officer, anti-trust cases, dealingprincipally with foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals