Former Coordinator for Urban Policy
DG Environment for the European Commission
From September 2007 until 1 January 2013 he was Minister Counselor for Environment at the Delegation of the European Union to India. He was posted in New Delhi and also covered Bhutan and Nepal. From October 2003 until September 2007, he was First Counselor for Environmental Affairs at the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, DC, USA, and covered the US, Canada, Mexico and the UN in New York. From 1999 until October 2003, he was Head and Deputy Head respectively of the Chemicals Department in the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels, inter alia responsible for the development of the new EU chemicals policy and legislation (aka REACH). He also was Chief EU negotiator for the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). He is co-author of the EU 5th Environment Action Programme (1993-2000) and was responsible for its review in 1995 and measures to implement the Programme, including the introduction of the Management Plan approach in DG XI. From 1982-1984, he worked as seconded expert for DG XI on Environment Impact Assessment. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and a Master’s degree in Public and International Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He speaks Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish.