Loyola de Palacio Chair
Located in the heart of Tuscany, in Florence, the Loyola de Palacio Chair hosts a busy and lively academic community of economists, engineers, lawyers and physicists.
We are committed to promoting a welcoming and stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to make the most of their academic potential. We assess policy options and nurture debates and innovative thinking.
Thanks to the hard work of our team and the support of our donors, the Loyola de Palacio Chair is able to produce research at the forefront of the energy policy domain.
Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair
About the Loyola de Palacio Chair on Energy
The Loyola de Palacio (LdP) Chair on Energy is the academic counterpart of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) – Energy.
Founded in 2008, the Chair honours Loyola de Palacio, the former Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Energy and Transport (1999-2004).
The Loyola de Palacio Chair focuses on the interconnected fields of energy economics, law and regulation as well as geo-politics. Our goal is to produce in-depth research of the highest quality relating to EU energy policy.
The Chair’s fields of expertise and close connections to both European and national energy policy communities allow us to contribute to current debates and to be a bridge between academia and practice in contemporary Europe.
Loyola de Palacio (1950 – 2006)
Loyola de Palacio was a Spanish politician, lawyer and stateswoman as well as a pioneer in the development of a European Energy Policy.
Born in 1950, she was a minister in the Spanish government before becoming Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Energy and Transport (1999- 2004). She was an independent spirit with a passion for Europe.
Loyola left behind a lasting legacy as well as a sibling, her sister Ana Palacio, who is an equally passionate and influential stateswoman, lawyer and politician and who took a personal interest in the Loyola de Palacio Chair.