Carl Bildt

Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Mr. Carl Bildt
Carl Bildt today is Co-Chair of the European Council of Foreign Relations among numerous other assignments.
He served as both Prime Minister of Sweden in 1991-1994, and Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006-2014. During the first period, his government initiated major liberal economic reforms, as well as negotiated and signed the membership agreement with the European Union.
Subsequently, he served in international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans. He was Co-Chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and become the first High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995-1997. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the region.
He stepped down as leader of the Moderate Party of Sweden in 1999, having served in that function since 1986. He was also a MP between 1979 and 2000.
Returning as Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006, he came to be seen as one of the most prominent and vocal of European foreign ministers during his year in office. He was one of the initiators of EU’s Eastern Partnership.
Since then he chaired the Global Commission on Internet Governance 2014-2017 and is engaged in numerous advisory functions primarily related to international affairs and global digital developments.

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