Since 2013, Mr Petschke is the Director for the EU Space programmes Galileo and EGNOS in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission. Mr Petschke joined the European Commission in 1995 and he has held various posts in the area of Trade and Internal Market policies. In 2009, he was appointed Head of the European Commission's Representation in Germany.
Before joining the Commission, he served as First Secretary at the German Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, while he also held a post at the German Federal Ministry of Economy (European Policy Department, Section for EU Law). Mr Petschke has legal, academic background with studies at the universities of Würzburg, Lausanne and Freiburg.