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Piet HEIRBAUT Counsellor-Coordinator, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union, Brussels

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Piet Heirbaut is a Belgian Foreign Service officer who currently works at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union where he is the Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor-Coordinator for Justice and Home Affairs. As a Belgian diplomat he has been posted at the Belgian Embassies in Seoul (South Korea) and Washington DC (United States). During the Belgian Presidency of the Council, he was in charge of relations with the European Parliament at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union. During this presidency he also chaired the Working Party on General Affairs of the Council. In this capacity he negotiated the Regulation on the European Citizen s Initiative, a legislative file which resulted in a first reading agreement in December 2010. After the Belgian Presidency, M. Heirbaut was seconded to the European External Action Service (Division for relations with the European Parliament and the National Parliaments). He has been involved in several training sessions and seminars on relations with the European Parliament and inter-institutional relations, among others in preparation of the Danish, Cypriot and Irish Presidency of the Council. Hailing from Bruges, Belgium, he holds Law and Philosophy Degrees (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Université catholique de Louvain) and he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London (King s College School of Law).