EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2001: Bio: Burghardt

November 15, 2001Ambassador Guenter Burghardt

Ambassador Guenter Burghardt, European Union, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Guenter Burghardt has a long and distinguished career in the European Union Commission.  He presented his credentials as European Union (EU) Ambassador to the President of the United States on February 3, 2000.  Dr. Burghardt was formerly the Director General for External Relations under Commissioner Chris Patten in the new Commission from October 1999. From 1993 to October 1999 he was Director General for External Relations covering Europe and the New Independent States, the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the External Service under Commissioner Hans van den Broek. From 1988 to l993 he held the post of Political Director in the Secretariat General of the Commission under the direct authority of Commission President Jacques Delors. From l985 to l988 he was Deputy Head of Cabinet to President Delors with particular responsibility for external and development policies, relations with the European Parliament and Staff management. He was Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Karl-Heinz Narjes who was responsible for Internal Market, Environment Protection, Nuclear Safety and Innovation from l981 through l984. From l972 through 1980 he was desk officer for relations with the United States, Canada, Australia, development of the Commission’s external delegations network and assistant to Director General Sir Roy Denman who later became Head of Delegation in Washington. He entered the Commission as a member of the Legal Service in 1970.

Dr. Burghardt speaks German (mother tongue), French, English, Dutch, and some Italian. He is married to Rita Byl and has three children.

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