The one who served as the main advisor on energy matters Javier Milei during the campaign that led him to the presidency, Eduardo Rodríguez Chirillo, will finally be Secretary of Energy during the administration of the leader of La Libertad Avanza. This was confirmed today Guillermo Ferrarothe Minister of Infrastructure of the Government who will take office on December 10 and to whom the official will depend.
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Since the electoral campaign, Rodríguez Chirillo emerged as a central figure in the restructuring of the Argentine energy sector in the libertarian government. His career and thinking reveal an approach focused on efficiency and reorganization of the subsidy system, maintaining a balance between the need for private investment and consumer protection.
Rodríguez Chirillo played significant roles in the energy field in both Argentina and Spain. His experience ranges from consulting at the Argentine Energy Secretariat to leadership positions in international energy companies.
He was a consultant to the Ministry of Energy between 1995 and 1996, when it was under the orbit of Domingo Cavallo, and an advisor to the then National Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing, in 2001, under Carlos Bastos.
In the Argentine context, Rodríguez Chirillo has been a prominent figure in the privatization process of state companies during the government of Carlos Menem.
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Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Católica Argentina and with a doctorate from the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, he was a consultant to the Ministry of Energy between 1995 and 1996, when it was under the orbit of Sunday Cavalloand advisor to the then National Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing, in 2001, in charge of Carlos Bastos.
In addition, he was manager of regulatory affairs for Azurix, the firm that had the water service concession in much of the province of Buenos Aires, before leaving for Spain, where he continued his career as legal director for Latin America of Iberdrola, a conglomerate energetic.
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His book “Privatization of public companies and post-privatization: legal analysis” is a testimony of his approach and understanding of privatization processes, addressing everything from legal aspects to experiences in the European Economic Community.
His vision for the energy sector, in line with Milei’s proposals, focuses on the restructuring of public service contracts and the recalibration of the subsidy system. The stated objective is to reduce the burden on consumers’ bills, without compromising the economic viability of supplier companies. This approach, his work explains, seeks to balance the need for investment and efficiency in the sector with the protection of consumers, especially the most vulnerable.
Rodríguez Chirillo has also worked on projects for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), advising on hydroelectric development issues in Argentina. His participation in these projects, which include the gradual removal of subsidies to companies and the promotion of long-term exports, reflects his focus on the sustainability and efficiency of the sector.
The vision of Rodríguez Chirillo and his team focuses on the elimination of supply subsidies, the recalibration of contracts, and the promotion of energy transportation infrastructure
However, his connection with the IDB and his work for Milei raised questions about possible conflicts of interest during the campaign, especially considering the presence of the defeated official candidate, Sergio Massa, in the IDB’s assembly of governors.
Within the framework of the expectations generated by Milei’s presidential administration, energy is presented as a central issue, considered by the La Libertad Avanza team as “the indispensable engine for economic growth.” The vision of Rodríguez Chirillo and his team focuses on the elimination of supply subsidies, the recalibration of contracts, and the promotion of energy transportation infrastructure.
The proposal to move towards a demand-side, rather than supply-side, subsidy scheme reflects an attempt to reformulate the subsidy system with the stated goal of making it more fair and efficient. The idea is that only Argentine families who really need it receive subsidies, while promoting private investment and improving the country’s energy infrastructure.
Eduardo Rodríguez Chirillo emerges as a key figure in Javier Milei’s energy vision, bringing a mix of technical experience and a long relationship with Milei.