Peter Faross studied at the Faculty of law and political sciences in Bonn and Cologne. In 1974 he successfully completed the first judicial state examination followed by the second one in 1976.
From 1976 to 1979 he joined the German Ministry of Economics at the Industry Policy Department and then switched to the European Commission where he occupied different posts in the Energy field (Oil, Market Division, Energy Policy Department). In March 1991 he was promoted Head of Sector (Energy and Environment) before becoming Head of Unit in December 1993 responsible for the "Functioning of the Internal Market". Subsequent posts until June 2008 as Head of Unit included the areas on "General Policy", "General policy and inter-institutional relations", "Economic regulation in air transport", "Services of general economic interest, users' rights and infringements".
Since 2008, Mr Peter Faross heads the Directorate "Nuclear Safety and Fuel Cycle" in Luxemburg as Director responsible for legal questions, Euratom coordination, international relations, transport, decommissioning, waste management, governance and administration in relation to the Nuclear Safety and the Fuel Cycle. He also covers issues like health protection, emergency response and nuclear liability.
Since December 2010, Mr Peter Faross is acting Deputy Director General for "Nuclear Energy".