Born on 21 May 1932 in Berlin (D), died on 29 September 2016 in Brussels (B)

Nationality: Belgian

Doctor of Law, Graduate in Political and Diplomatic Sciences

Started his diplomatic career in 1956

Posted to Paris (1958–61) and Cairo (1962–65)

Director of the Press Office and Spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Ministry (1966– 68)

Embassy Counsellor in Madrid (1969–72)

Minister-Counsellor in Bonn (1972–76)

Co-drafter of the Tindemans Report on European Union (1975)

Director of the European Organisations Department in the Belgian Foreign Ministry, responsible for the coordination of European matters within the Belgian administration (1976–80)

Head of the Private Office of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, Belgian Foreign Minister (1980–81)

Belgian Ambassador to Madrid (1981–85)

General Director of Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry (1985–87)

Belgian Permanent Representative to the European Union (1987–97)

Personal Representative of the Foreign Minister in the negotiations on the Treaties of Maastricht and Amsterdam

Representative of the Order of Malta to the European Commission (1999– )

Special Adviser to Commissioner Michel Barnier (1999–2004)

Visiting Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (1990–99) and at the College of Europe in Natolin (1998–2005)

Director of the European Studies programme at Egmont — The Royal Institute for International Relations (2009)

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