Philip Lowe, the European Commission’s Director-General for Energy, has been named as among the top ten Britons who have the most influence on European Union policy.

The survey was carried out by the EU’s online media network EurActiv, which sought to identify the top 40 British influencers on EU Policy.

Philip Lowe
Lowe was born in Leeds, studied at Oxford and London Business School and joined the European Commission in 1973. He was appointed energy director-general in 2010 having previously been director-general of Competition.

The poll is topped by Sharon Bowles MEP, who chairs the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee. Second is Jonathan Faull, the European Commission’s director-general regulating financial services, while in third place is Malcolm Harbour MEP, chairman of the European Parliament’s committee on the internal market and consumer protection.

The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague is eighth in the list, one place above Prime Minister David Cameron.

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