Dr. Pierre Mirel served at the French embassies in Cairo (1971-74) and in Saïgon (1974-76), then at the IIAP, Paris. He joined the European commission in 1981, spending a large part of his career on EU enlargement: PHARE programme; Head of relations with Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania; Director for the accession negotiations with Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, then for Croatia and Turkey. From 2006, relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, until he retired end 2013.
Lecturer at Sciences Politiques-Paris since 2010. Publications: “L’Egypte des Ruptures” (1982), a chapter on “the EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies” in a Jacques Rupnik’s collective book and Policy papers on the Balkans, Turkey, the Eastern Partnership, Russia and the Southern neighbourhood at La Fondation Robert Schuman. Board member of the Roma Education Fund and of the Council for Inclusive Governance.