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Surname/First nameTILEMANS Michel-Etienne
Nationality Belgian
Date of birth 25 April 1962
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Special master’s degree in business law, tax law option

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


Master’s degree in law

Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium


2020 – AUGUST 2022

Director of the Neighbouring Counties Service at FPS Foreign Affairs, Benelux coordinator, chair of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR, 2022-2023), which Mr Tilemans chaired from 2020-2021

2016 – 2019

Belgian ambassador to Tunisia and Libya

2012 – 2016

Ambassador, representative of Belgium on the European Union’s Political and Security Committee

2009 – 2011

Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, FPS Foreign Affairs

Chair of COHOM on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy (second half of 2010)

2007 – 2009

Ambassador of Belgium in Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea

2004 – 2007

European correspondent, head of department in charge of CFSP, FPS Foreign Affairs

2000 – 2004

First Secretary, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN (New York)

Delegate to the 5th Committee of the UN General Assembly. Elected positions: member of the UN Contributions Committee (2002). Vice-chair of the 5th Commission (2002-2003). Member of the Budget and Finance Committee of the International Criminal Court, elected from 2003 to 2008 (two mandates)

1997 – 2000

First Secretary, Permanent Representation of Belgium to NATO.

1996 – 1997

Mission holder at the UN Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia (UNTAES-ATNUSO)

1994 – 1996

Attache, Embassy of Belgium in Warsaw (Poland)

1991 – 1994

Attaché, Permanent Representation of Belgium to NATO