Peter Droell is currently the Acting Director of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
He has co-authored the 2010 "Innovation Union" strategy and is overseeing the Commission activities on innovation analysis, benchmarking and demand side measures.
His previous positions in the European Commission include financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik.
Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm.