Skills

  1. Zepter has gained competence through professional experience, specific analytical skills and through a wide ranging network. He can give advice, in particular on issues like foreign trade, foreign economic relations and developments within the EU.

More specifically, whe can offer you:

  • Coaching of staff in your company on EU-issues like:  „How do the EU-Institutions work? “, “What impact EU-Laws and Developments do have on my company?”, “the role of the EU in our global economy” etc..
  • Speeches and presentations of specific European issues, foreign trade or external economic relations
  • Expert opinions on EU Laws and Administrative acts

Between 1987 and 1990, Bernhard Zepter worked as Deputy Head of the German Delegation to the Geneva GATT/WTO Negotiations on liberalization of trade (Uruguay Round).  Apart from general reporting about progress of these negotiations, he worked more specifically on items such as the liberalization of services and their inclusion into the GATT, Dispute Settlement procedures and the protection of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) through the WTO.

As Foreign Policy Advisor of the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, he was in charge, over a period of almost five years (1990 – 1995), of a variety of political and economic problems, concerning the external relations of the European Commission in Brussels.

Between 1995 and 1997 he worked as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the German Foreign Ministry, dealing with EU External Relations.

In 1997 B. Zepter was promoted to the position of Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission. Over a period of five years, he represented the Commission in COREPER. Within the Commission, he was responsible for the coordination of policies and the relations of the Commission with the European Parliament. He also acted as Under-Sherpa in the Working Group for External Economic Relations of the G 7/ G 8 summits.

From 2002 to 2006 B. Zepter acted as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Japan.