[Interview] Challenges Facing the Global Steel Industry and the Way Forward
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Chair, OECD Steel Committee
Mr. Lieven Top studied economics and political sciences at the Universities of Ghent and Padova.
From 2004, he worked as advisor in the political cabinet of various Flemish Ministers of Energy and Environment.
He was responsible for the design of national climate policy plans and CO² allocation plans and pioneered in Europe
on closing of emission allowance contracts, including with World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Since 2010, he has been working in the Flemish Department of Economy, Sciences and Innovation. As Director
Climate and Industry, he supervises the combination of future European or regional climate rules and their potential
impact on competitiveness. Also possible trade distortions and Brexit are points of attention. He also designs and
coordinates multilateral programs for energy-intensive industrial sectors. Since 2017, he has been serving as the
Chair of the OECD Steel Committee.