Mr Ruete’s initial post at the European Commission was in DG Social Affairs (Health and Nuclear Safety). He then moved to DG Internal Market (first TV without frontiers, then assistant to the Director General), becoming Head of the Industrial Cooperation Unit in DG Industry in 1993. From 1995 to 1998 Matthias Ruete served as a Member of Cabinet, afterwards Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Education.
From 1998 to 2000 Matthias Ruete was Director in DG Transport in the area of international relations, Galileo, trans- European transport and infrastructure networks. From 2000 to 2004 he was Director in DG Enlargement coordinating enlargement negotiations, first with Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus, and from 2003 onwards with Bulgaria, Romania
and Turkey. In 2005 Matthias Ruete worked as Director in DG Enterprise and Industry.
Between 2006 and 2010 Matthias Ruete was Director General of DG TREN (Energy and Transport) and from 2010 to 2014 of DG Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE).
Matthias Ruete studied law and political sciences. He holds a Masters (London) and doctorate (Giessen) in law and the German state exams in law. Before joining the European Commission, Matthias Ruete lectured in Constitutional, European and International Public Law at Warwick University.