Pieter Feith

Pieter Cornelis Feith (born 9 February 1945) is a Dutch diplomat, formerly serving as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) and as the International Civilian Representative in Kosovo.[2][3]

Pieter Feith
General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Deputy Director General for Politico-Military
In office
Personal details
Born (1945-02-09) 9 February 1945 (age 76)[1]
Rotterdam, the Netherlands[1]
Nationality Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Lausanne, Switzerland


Feith was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and studied political science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Medford, Massachusetts, United States (1970).

Feith has been active in foreign affairs since 1970. He has been posted in Damascus, Bonn, New York City (Mission to the United Nations), Khartoum and at the Netherlands Mission to NATO and the Western European Union (WEU), in Brussels. He also chaired the first United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention at The Hague in 1997.

Feith has been active in the Balkans during his time with NATO, particularly as Political Adviser to Commander IFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and served on the EU Council for mission assessment to Darfur. He also headed the EU Expert Team for Iraq.

In 2005 Feith was head of the Aceh Monitoring Mission, a mandated mission under the European Security and Defence Policy. The successful mission expired in December 2006.

In April 2008 as European Union special representative he led a team of EU officials and approved the Constitution of the partially recognised Republic of Kosovo.[4]

He is married to Christina Wachtmeister, who owns Kvesarum Castle, and they have three daughters.[5]

Bomb Attack

On 14 November 2008, a bomb exploded outside the office of Pieter Feith, in Kosovo's capital, Pristina.[6][7] Robert Z, Andreas J and Andreas D, agents of Germany's intelligence service the BND, were arrested on suspicion of having thrown the bomb. On 29 November the three men left Pristina on a special flight headed for Berlin.[8][9]

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