Damien LevieHead of Unit, Technology and Security, FDI Screening, DG Trade at European Commission (Belgium)
Damien Levie heads the team “Technology & Security, FDI Screening” in the Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission. The team is managing the first EU-wide coordination mechanism among EU Member States in the field of screening of foreign direct investment for purposes of protecting security and public order. The team is also in charge of the Dual Use Export Control Regulation and is preparing the implementation of the new EU Regulation in this field.
Damien previously headed the Trade Policy Evaluation and Transparency Teams in DG TRADE and was a senior EU trade diplomat (Minister Counsellor) in Washington DC from 2014 to 2018, and helped manage the economic relations with the USA under Presidents Obama and Trump. He was also the EU deputy-chief negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the USA.
Before working fulltime on EU-US trade, he was a senior adviser in the Cabinet of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht (2009-12) and a member of the Cabinet of Louis Michel, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid (2005-09). Damien joined the European Commission in 2001, working on issues including merger control policy and REACH, the EU's basic chemical regulation.
Damien Levie has law degrees from KU Leuven and the University of Chicago Law School and an economics degree from UC Louvain. He was a lawyer at a major US law firm in Brussels and New York from 1994 to 2001.