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After university (legal and political studies in Strasbourg, Rome and Paris) and military service, Stéphane Chardon served in the Secretariat for European Affairs in Paris. He joined the European Commission in Brussels in 1996 as a lawyer. He entered the Commission’s external relations department in 1999 and served in EU Delegations to Asmara (Eritrea) and Moscow (Russia).
From 2006 to 2012 he was responsible for EU sanctions/restrictive measures and for the Kimberley Process in the Commission’s External Relations Directorate-General (DG RELEX). Since 2012, he is in charge of dual-use export controls in the Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE). His responsibilities include formulating and advancing EU export control policy, preparing regulations and monitoring their implementation throughout the EU, and representing the EU in relations with multilateral export control regimes and third countries.