Alexander Italianer

Prior to becoming director general for competition in February 2010, Alexander Italianer was deputy secretary general in charge of the Better Regulation Agenda and chairman of the Impact Assessment Board from 2006.

He holds a graduate degree in econometrics and a PhD in economics from the Unversiry of Groningen (Netherlands), and was a research associate at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) before joining the European Commission in 1985. After 10 years in its Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, he worked successively in the cabinets of President Santer, Commissioner Verheugen, Commissioner Telicka and President Barroso, interrupted by a brief spell as director for International Economic and Financial Affairs between 2002 and 2004.

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