We learned with deep sadness the news of the death of Ambassadeur Baron Dominique Struye de Swielande (born July 10, 1947 ; died oktober 27, 2015). He is a belgian diplomat, currently Ambassador of Belgium to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Baron Struye was born in Ghent, i. He holds a doctorate in law from the Catholic University of Leuven, a master’s in law from University College London, and a master’s in European Law from the University of Ghent.
He began his diplomatic career on February 1, 1974. From 1975 to 1984 he held various posts at embassies in Austria, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Zaire.
From 1984 to 1987 he was a counselor in the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leo Tindemans. From 1987 to 1990 he was the consul general and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva. In 1990 he was the director of the European section at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then moved up to become the chief of staff (1991–92) in the cabinet of the new minister of Foreign Affairs, Mark Eyskens. From 1992 to 1994 he was the diplomatic counselor and deputy chief of staff of the Belgian prime minister, Jean-Luc Dehaene. From 1994 to 1995 he was the director general for administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1995 to 1996 he was the head of the cabinet of the secretary of state for international cooperation, Reginald Moreels. From 1997 to 2002 he was the Belgian ambassador to Germany. From 2002 to 2006 he was the permanent representative of Belgium at NATO.
He became Ambassador of Belgium to the United States on December 29, 2006.
On February 2009, he became Ambassador of Belgium to the Democratic Republic of Congo.