Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission
As of November 2014, Mr Šefčovič has served as the Commission's Vice President in charge of the Energy Union. This project, one of ten top priorities of the European Commission, is set to ensure that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. Wiser energy use, while fighting climate change is seen as a spur for clean tech jobs and investments in Europe.
European Affairs have been a major focus of Mr Šefčovič's career for over a decade. In 2004, he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the EU, contributing to the country's major integration projects such as its entry to the Eurozone and the Schengen area. In 2009, he became the EU's Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. Subsequently, between 2010 and 2014, he held an office of the European Commission Vice President in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2014, Mr Šefčovič was elected as the Member of the European Parliament, which led to his appointment to the current position. In this capacity, he leads the Energy Union Project Team comprising of fourteen Commissioners and set to deliver on five Energy Union's pillars: energy security, solidarity and trust, a fully-integrated internal energy market, energy efficiency and climate action, i.e. decarbonising the economy, research, innovation and competitiveness.
Prior to his career in Brussels, between 1992 and 2004, Mr Šefčovič held diplomatic posts at Slovakia's Embassy to Zimbabwe as well as Canada, and served as the country's Ambassador to Israel.
He graduated from both, the University of Economy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations, Russia. He also holds a doctoral degree in law and European Law from the Comenius University in Bratislava. He also undertook training in diplomacy at Stanford University, USA
He wrote a book "Driving the EU forward - direct talks with Maroš Šefčovič" focus on his first mandate as the Commission Vice-President.