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Europe Reinvented. How COVID19, and other crises, are changing the European Union

When: Thursday, June 16, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: 9 rue de Constantine 75007 Paris

Peter van Kemseke studied history and global politics in Leuven, Hull (UK) and Los Angeles (US) and hold a PhD in the history of international relations (Leuven University). He then joined the Belgian diplomatic service and served at the OSCE, NATO, the UN in New York (Belgium's 2007-2008 membership of the UN Security Council) and the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU (Deputy of the COREPER I-Ambassador during the Belgian EU-Presidency; acting COREPER I-Ambassador). Later on, he joined the cabinets of the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Belgian Vice Prime Minister/Finance Minister, European President Van Rompuy (Deputy head of Cabinet) and the cabinet of Vice President Maros Sefcovic of the European Commission. Moving back to the Belgian Foreign Ministry, he led the Directorate ‘Strategy and Communication’. Currently, I am working at the European Commission, in charge of climate and energy policies (Fit for 55).

He presented his last book: Europe Reinvented. How COVID-19 Is Changing the European Union. Europe reinvented takes the reader on a journey through the key moments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU and through the maze of European institutions and offers some thoughts on the future of the EU. 

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