During this Industrial Competitiveness Task Force Briefing, Kristi Klaas, Head of Environment Section, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs, and Thor-Sten Vertmann, Head of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Section, Counsellor for Energy at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, will discuss the priorities of the upcoming Estonian Presidency in Environment and in Energy.
About the Speakers:
Kristi Klaas, Head of Environment Section, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs
Kristi Klaas is leading the preparations of environment and climate issues of the EU Presidency at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. She will be leading the discussions of the ROHS file (directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment), sustainable development goals, chemicals and eco-innovation. She has previously held different positions at the Ministry of the Environment and worked at Permanent Representation to the OECD.
Thor-Sten Vertmann, Head of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Section, Counsellor for Energy
Thor-Sten Vertmann has worked at various Estonian governmental agencies for more than a decade with an increasing focus on the EU affairs – including in energy, climate and transport. In early 2015, he joined the European Commission's Vice-President Andrus Ansip’s team that led the drafting and implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy. As of 2017 he is the Head of Energy Section at the Estonian EU representation and will chair the Council’s Energy Working Party for the Clean Energy Package proposals. As a political scientist Thor-Sten is most interested in inclusiveness of governance. He was responsible for the stakeholder engagement of the Estonia's European Union Policy Framework document for the period of 2011-2015.