Robert H. Donkers

Robert H. Donkers has been counselor for environmental affairs at the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC since October 18, 2003. From April 1999 until his current appointment, he served as deputy head and head of the Chemicals Unit in the Directorate General Environment in Brussels, where his responsibilities included coordinating the development of a new EU chemicals policy and legislative framework (aka REACH). He was also the chief EU negotiator on the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

Before joining the Commission in 1990, Mr. Donkers held several positions in the Dutch administration including deputy director for International Environmental Affairs in the Environment Ministry and EU environment counselor for the Netherlands in Brussels.
He holds a master's degree in economics and a master's degree in public and international law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.