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Hugo Paemen
Consultant, Brussels
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Hugo Paemen is a Senior Advisor on International Trade and Investment and EU Regulatory Affairs.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Ambassador Paemen served, from 1995 to 1999, as Head of the European Commission’s Washington Delegation. From 1987 until 1995 he was Deputy Director-General for External Relations at the European Commission responsible for trade, and, in that capacity, he was the chief negotiator during the Uruguay Round, which resulted in a number of international trade agreements including the creation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

From 1985 to 1987, he was the official spokesman of the European Commission, headed by Jaques Delors, and, from 1978 to 1985, ‘chef de cabinet’ of the Vice-President of the European Commission Viscount Davignon.

A career diplomat, Hugo Paemen was, from 1969 to 1974, the spokesman of the Belgian Foreign Ministry and held positions at the Belgian Embassies in Paris (1965-1969) and Washington (Economic Minister from 1974 to 1977).

In 2000, the King of Belgium awarded Ambassador Paemen the title of Baron in recognition of his contributions, as a diplomat, to the Belgian State and to the European Union.
He is currently co-Chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Council (TABC)

Hugo Paemen lectured on European Policy and Integration Problems at Georgetown University (Washington D.C), the College of Europe in Natolin (Poland) and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

He authored “From the Gatt to the WTO: the European Community in the Uruguay Round”, and has contributed to several publications writing articles relating to current diplomatic and trade issues.

He co-authored : “A New Era for Transatlantic Leadership, A Report from the Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment” ( 2012).

Published Works
01 April 2014 "Proposed Pact Could Improve US - EU Trade." April 2014 edition of Beyond Borders - the magazine for Supply Management

International Trade and Investment
M.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1959
  • Co-Chairman, Transatlantic Business Council (TABC)
  • European Legal Experts, EU and Competition - Belgium, 2011
  • Customs, Trade, WTO, and anti-dumping, Legal 500 EMEA, 2012
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