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Michael MATTHIESSEN Director, DG E IX - Civilian Crisis Management, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

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1981 DEA (Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies), Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris
1982 Cand. scient. pol. (MA) in political science, Aarhus University, Denmark
1982-85 Deputy Head of Section (1982-83) and Head of Section (1983-85) Department of Development Aid (DANIDA), Department of Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen
1985-87 Deputy Director, Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO (Lord Carrington), NATO Headquarters, Brussels
1987-88 Secretary of Embassy, responsible for relations with the European Parliament, including during the Danish Presidency (1987), Danish Representation to the European Communities, Brussels
1988-91 Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Denmark, Copenhagen
1992 Head of Section, Department for Central and Eastern Europe, responsible for political affairs, especially ex-Yugoslavia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen
1992-97 Counsellor, responsible for press relations, including during the Danish Presidency (1992-93), CFSP Counsellor (1993-96), ANTICI Counsellor (1996-97), Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Communities/Union, Brussels
1997-99 Head of Department, responsible for Denmark's relations with the European Union in general, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen
1999-2001 Head of Task Force SITCEN/Crisis Cell, Policy Unit, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels
since 2001 Director, DG E IX - Civilian Crisis Management, DG E, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels