Da Costa Francisco Seixas - Portugal

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Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, Portugal

A career diplomat since 1975, Francisco Seixas Da Costa served in the Portuguese embassies in Oslo (1979-1982), Launda (1982-1986) and London (1990-1994). He was appointed Head of the Development Co-operation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1986-1987) and later Deputy representative of Portugal to UNCTAD VII. He was Head of the Portuguese negotiating team for the accession to the Lome III Convention and for the negotiation of Lome IV (1987-1990). He then served as Director of the Cabinet of Studies of the Institute for Economic Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1990); Deputy Representative of Portugal to the Western European Union (1990-1992); and Deputy Director General for European Union Affairs (1994-1995).

As Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, (1995-2001), he was in charge of bilateral relations with European countries, the EU enlargement process, the Internal Market, Mediterranean Co-operation and the Schengen Agreement. He also acted as Chairman of the Portuguese delegations to ministerial meetings of the Council of Europe, ESCO, Mediterranean Forum, OECD, the Stability Pact for South-East Europe, WEU, and WTO (Singapore, Geneva, Seattle meetings). In this capacity, he was Portuguese negotiator of the Treaty of Amsterdam (1996-1997), President of the Schengen Agreement (1997), Portuguese negotiator of the EU financial framework between 2000 and 2006 - Agenda 2000 (1997-1999), President of the "Internal Market" Council of Ministers of the European Union (2000), and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) and Portuguese representative for the negotiation of the Treaty of Nice (2000).

Born in 1948, Francisco Seixas Da Costa has a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Lisbon. He speaks English, French and Spanish.