Mr. Rupert Schlegelmilch
Ambassador Rupert Schlegelmilch took up his responsibilities as Permanent Representative of the European Union to the OECD on 19 October 2016.
Mr. Schlegelmilch was born in 1957, he studied law and political science in Freiburg im Breisgau and in Berlin.
Mr. Schlegelmilch joined the German Foreign Service in 1987 where he worked on international environmental problems and Cultural Diplomacy. He joined the European Commission Directorate General for External Relations in 1993. From 1998 to 2003 he worked in the European Commission in Geneva on WTO issues, followed by wide-ranging work in Brussels on Trade and Sustainable Development and relations with Civil Society.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Schlegelmilch was responsible for the EU’s bilateral trade relationships with China, and afterwards for the trade relationships with the Americas and South Asia, Korea and ASEAN.
From 2011 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of the European Union to the OECD, he was the Manager for Trade in Services, Investment, Government Procurement as well as the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He’s become the EU’s Chief negotiator for the EU-Singapore, the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as well as the on-going EU Mercosur Free Trade Agreement.
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