Brussels, 23 August 2022 (TDI): The European Union (EU) leading Director-General for Climate Action, Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, passed away earlier today. The official news of his death of announced by the European Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen.
It is with deep sorrow that I learnt of the passing of Mauro Petriccione, our Director General for Climate Action.
Mauro was a dear, respected colleague. His work earned him respect and friendships in Europe & beyond
My thoughts are with his family & friends in these sad times pic.twitter.com/necDE6o5Jm
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) August 23, 2022
Mauro Petriccione was the Director-General of the EU Climate Action since 2018. Due to his contributions and efforts, he was also one of the leading figures and a top official of the EU to be working for the climate. Moreover, Petriccione also served as the top official for trade in the EU, previously.
Furthermore, in a tweet, the Executive Vice-President of the EU Green Deal, Frans Timmermans also expressed his grief over the sudden passing of Mauro Petriccione.
Shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of my friend and colleague Mauro Petriccione. His kindness, warmth, humour and professionalism will be missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts are with Astrid and all his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/szhbmEt79c
— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) August 23, 2022
In addition, the EU Climate Action staff also joined with Timmermans in expressing sadness over the passing of their Director-General.
It is with profound sadness that DG Climate Action staff join @TimmermansEU in announcing the passing of our Director General, Mauro Petriccione.
Our thoughts are with his wife Astrid, his family and his many friends.
Rest in peace, dear Mauro, we miss you already. https://t.co/0kk09F6xqt
— EU Climate Action (@EUClimateAction) August 23, 2022
Raffaele Mauro Petriccione
The EU Director-General for Climate Action, Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, joined the EU in 1987. Since then, Petriccione worked in trade and policy while covering topics such as trade, investment, dispute settlement, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Moreover, Mauro Petriccione also supervised and worked for relations between the Member States and the European Institutions.
Before joining and serving as the EU Director-General for Climate Action, Petriccione served as the Deputy Director-General for Trade, where he was responsible for trade relations within several policy areas