Farewell to Jean Paul Jacqué and welcome to Jaap de Zwaan

by Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the TEPSA Board


Jean Paul Jacqué has been with us for the past four years, serving to TEPSA as a devoted Secretary General. Being simultaneously the Honorary Director General and Special Councellor in the Council means that he is an outstanding specialist of EU law, but it is not all what we can say about him. Jean Paul is also a wonderful Professor, respected by his students all over the world, from Chile to Poland. Last but not least, he is a great friend of mine and the whole TEPSA network, and we can only be glad for having the opportunity to work with Jean Paul for the last years. As we cannot imagine TEPSA without him, we unanimously decided to grant Jean Paul a title of Honourary Board Member, hoping that he will be still honouring us with his knowledge, experience and a good word.

jzwaanIt is also my great pleasure to welcome a new Secretary General of TEPSA, who having been elected a Board Member by TEPSA General Assembly in October 2013 will take up his duties on 1 January 2014: Prof. Dr. Jaap de Zwaan. In years 2005-2011 Jaap was a Director of the TEPSA Member Institute: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, and is associated with the Erasmus University Rotterdam and The Hague University for Applied Sciences. Besides Jaap’s membership in the TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also a member of numerous institutions, including the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow. Jaap’s great area of both research expertise and practical experience leaves us convinced that he is the most right person to lead TEPSA for the following years. My dear friend, good luck!