The Permanent Representative

The Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union (NL PermRep) promotes the Dutch interests in the European Union (EU). Our team consists of people from practically all ministries and other branches of the Dutch government, united in one building and one organisation in Brussels.

It is our daily job to negotiate and lobby on behalf of the Netherlands in the EU. This implies that each one of us, each in his/her own specific field of expertise, is in daily contact with the representatives of other EU Member States, as well as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

This site has been designed to accommodate all those who, for professional or other reasons, want to get in touch with us, as an extension of the Dutch government in Brussels. Do not hesitate to contact us, because a more transparent Europe is in the interest both of the Netherlands, as well as that of the EU!

Robert de Groot
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
to the European Union

Robert de Groot

Robert de Groot

Mr Robert de Groot

Bio Mr Robert de Groot

Professional Career

May 2017       Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands 
                        to the European Union
2011-2016     Director General for European Cooperation, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2008-2011     Deputy Director General for Political Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2005 - 2008   Director Security Policy Department, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2002-2005     Head of the Bureau of the Secretary-General, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
1998-2002     Foreign Policy Advisor to the Netherlands Prime Minister, Ministry of
                        General Affairs, The Hague
1989-1998     After joining the Netherlands Foreign Service (1989), Robert de Groot held various
                        positions within the Foreign Ministry and abroad

Military service

1987-1988     Military Service, Officer Infantry (reserve)


Educational background

1980-1987     MA in Monetary Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), The Netherlands