In a 36-year career with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the emphasis of the work of Henne Schuwer has been on the European Union and the Transatlantic relations. Since the Netherlands EEC Presidency in 1986, he has been involved in all the Netherlands’ Presidencies, ending with his Chairmanship of Coreper I in 2004. He has chaired various working groups in the field of structural funds and CFSP and was secretary of the EU-Coordination Committee in the Netherlands. On the transatlantic side he has, due to two assignments in the US, extensive knowledge of US politics and trade issues. At NATO he was responsible for the Bucharest Summit in 2008 and the Strassbourg-Kehl Summit in 2009.