Marta BALLESTEROS, a Member of the Senior Management for Milieu and a Senior Spanish Lawyer specialised in EU law
As Senior Management for Milieu and a Senior Spanish Lawyer specialised in EU law, Marta’s responsibilities relate to the management of teams and projects related to environmental protection, climate and energy legislation. She led the 2016 Study for the Fitness Check on the Nature Directives and the legal analysis under the on-going evaluation of the Aarhus Regulation regarding access to justice on environmental matters; she was involved in the Fitness check of the Air Ambient Quality Directives. She led the Study supporting the evaluation of the application of the Environmental Liability Directive to biodiversity damage for DG Environment which triggered two projects to support the implementation of the Fitness Check of the ELD carried out from 2017-2019.
From 2010 to 2017 she has carried out several studies for the European Parliament on the EU Enforcement policy, in particular the Study on the implementation and enforcement of EU law evaluating the tools at EU level to promote compliance with EU law, and subsequent updates. She has led the Study on the legal nature of the EU ETS allowances, and the legal analysis on the regulatory framework for environmental claims under the Consumer Market Study on environmental claims for non-food products or the analysis of the legal framework related to Residential prosumers in the EU Energy Union presented at the Energy Week (2016-2017), a study on the Regulatory Framework governing key aspects of unconventional gas extraction in selected Member States (2013, 2014).
She is the author of the study carried out in 2015 reviewing the costs of access to justice in the context of the Industrial Emissions Directive and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive for Spain. In her 4 years as Head of the ClientEarth Brussels office she was responsible for the Climate and Energy programme with extensive experience on the negotiation and implementation of the climate and energy package. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated strong management and leadership skills and was nominated Deputy Director/Programme Director in the WWF EPO which included the Climate Change programme. She was Head of the Save the Children Brussels office and of the ClientEarth Brussels office. Recognised as legal advisor to the European Commission she was part of the Commission Delegation to the Conference of the Parties of the Biodiversity Convention.
Marta holds a law degree by the University Autónoma of Madrid with specialisation in human rights law by the Institute of Human Rights in Madrid and in European law/institutions by the Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve.
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