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His Excellency Kurt Jaeger


Kurt Jaeger became ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States on Sept. 16, 2016, having previously served as ambassador to the European Union and Belgium from 2010 to 2016. He has over 25 years of professional experience in international regulatory affairs, of which 15 years were spent in the airline industry and civil aviation administration. Prior to his ambassadorial posting, from 2005 to 2010, he was elected one of three members of the Board of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority in charge of monitoring and enforcing the application of EU law in the European Economic Area. Ambassador Jaeger’s academic career includes a degree acquired in 1987 from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and an LL.M. in 1989 from McGill University in Montreal. After his postgraduate studies, during which he also worked as a research fellow in public international law at Fribourg University, he joined the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation for six years, where he was first in charge of international air transport regulation and policy and later became executive assistant to the director-general for civil aviation. Ambassador Jaeger subsequently switched to the private sector, taking on positions in a private law practice in Liechtenstein. He then became secretary of the board of directors and general counsel of the Swiss regional air carrier Crossair. Later, he served as vice president for international corporate affairs for an airline IT company and finally as vice president for aero-political affairs at Swiss International Air Lines, where he was responsible for regulatory matters as well as industry and political relations. In this capacity, he took on a leading role in the legal structuring of the business transfer from the defunct Swissair in 2001/2002 and then of the airline’s merger with Lufthansa in 2005. Upon completion of the merger in 2010, he was appointed to the position of ambassador to the EU and Belgium. His main responsibilities were the representation of his country toward the EU in institutions of the EEA and the Schengen Agreement.


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Embassy of Liechtenstein
2900 K. St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 331-0590
Fax: (202) 331-3221

Website:  http://www.washington.liechtenstein.li/