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Jean De Ruyt
Jean De Ruyt
Senior Advisor
Brussels +32 2 549 5289 jderuyt@cov.com Download V-card

Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is a senior public policy advisor in Covington’s EU Government Affairs team.  Ambassador De Ruyt, a non-lawyer, is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe.  Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives during the 2010 Belgian Presidency of the Council.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Egmont Institute
  • Founding Member of Friends of Europe
  • Professor invited, Louvain University

Previous Experience

  • Special envoy for the European External Action Service (September 2011-January 2012)
  • Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union (2007-2011)
  • Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU (COREPER) during the Belgian Presidency (2010)
  • Ambassador of Belgium to Italy, Albania and the Republic of San Marino (2004-2007)
  • Permanent Representative of Belgium to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (2004-2007)
  • Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN (2001-2004)
  • Director General for Political Affairs and member of the Political Committee of the European Union (1997-2001)
  • Permanent Representative to NATO (1996-1997)
  • Ambassador of Belgium to Poland (1994-1996)
  • Director of Strategic Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, Belgium, as well as Senior Official to OSCE and Permanent Representative of Belgium to the Western European Union (WEU) (1991-1994)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington (1987- 2001)
  • Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union (1982-1987)
  • Head of the Belgian Industrial Information Service promoting American and Canadian investments to Belgium (1978-1981)
  • Grand Officier de l’Ordre de Léopold
  • Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana