As environmental engineer by training, Joachim D’Eugenio started working in the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in Berlin. In 1999, he moved to the European Commission where he was involved in the negotiations and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive until 2007. After a few years in the Commission’s Secretariat General, he became Deputy Head of Unit in 2011 working on marine and water industry policy. From 2015 to 2020, he joined the Unit on Compliance & Better Regulation of DG Environment where he was leading the Fitness Check on Environmental Reporting and led the agenda on “digitalisation and the environment”. Since 16 January 2020, he is working as Policy Assistant and Senior Expert for Veronica Manfredi, the Director for “Quality of Life” in DG Environment focussing on the input to all Green Deal initiatives and coordinating the work on the “Zero Pollution Ambition”.