Carine Claeys

Special Envoy for Space, Head of the Space Task Force

European External Action Service

Kingdom of Belgium

Since the 1st of July 2019 Carine Claeys is the EEAS Special Envoy for Space and Head of the EEAS Space Task Force. In that capacity, she advises the EEAS Secretary General on all space matters of EU interest and she chairs the Board of the EU Satellite Centre and the ad-hoc GNSS security experts group advising the EU Political and Security Committee in the framework of the Council's and High Representative's responsibilities to respond to possible threats linked to the European Global Navigation Satellite System (Galileo/Egnos).

From 2015 to 2019, she acted as Head of the EEAS Space Task Force, deputising the EEAS Special Envoy for Space and acting as such since September 2018. From 2011 to 2015 she was responsible of the corporate processes coordination in the newly set-up EEAS.

Before the EEAS was established, Carine Claeys served in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. She was head of the "Security of space tools" cell (Galileo, GMES – then Copernicus) in the EU Situation Centre from 2005 to 2011. She was responsible for maritime transports and for transport intermodal questions and networks in the General Secretariat of the Council from 2000 to 2005, after having worked in several other sectors of this administration from 1992 on (mainly energy, human rights, United Nations, drugs, terrorism, agriculture and enlargement).

Carine Claeys holds a PhD in political sciences, a Master degree in business engineering, a Master degree in international relations and a Master degree in development cooperation.