João Aguiar MACHADO
João Aguiar Machado is Director General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. He is in charge of developing transport policies for the European Union. Its remit is to ensure mobility in a single European transport area, integrating citizen's needs, environmental policy and competitiveness.
Before taking up his current position, Mr Aguiar Machado was Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. He was responsible for bilateral trade relations with Asia, Latin America and Africa, including many of the EU’s free trade negotiations, and for trade in services, investment, intellectual property and public procurement.
From September 2007 to December 2008 he was Deputy Director-General at the EC’s Directorate-General for External Relations – where he was in charge of coordinating overall EU relations with Asia and Latin America.
Mr Aguiar Machado spent most of his career working on trade matters in Brussels and in EC Delegations in both Tokyo, Japan (1989 – 1994), and Geneva, Switzerland (WTO, 1994 – 1998).
Mr Aguiar Machado studied economics both in Lisbon and at the College of Europe in Bruges.