Advisor to the President and Government of Latvia; Senior Fellow, Florence School of Regulation
Ambassador Andris Piebalgs is adviser to the president of Latvia and a senior fellow at the Florence School of Regulation. Prior, he served as the former European Commissioner for Energy from 2004-2010. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso I Commission. In 2007, The Economist magazine presented him the title of “Eurocrat of the Year” for his work on the European Energy Policy. In 2009 he received the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award from the Energy Efficiency Global Forum. From 1995 until 2003, he worked in the Latvian Diplomatic service. Ambassador Piebalgs first served as the Ambassador of Latvia in Estonia. In 1997 he became the Latvian Ambassador to the EU. In this capacity he helped to establish Latvia as an EU candidate country and led the accession negotiations, which resulted in Latvia's successful accession to the EU in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, he was appointed deputy secretary of state for EU affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.