European External Action Service official; has held several positions in external relations, both in Brussels and in delegations; currently Chief of the Protocole at the EEAS.
Ambassador Béchet started his career as a national diplomat and joined the External Relations department of the European Commission in 1989 to deal with Middle-East issues. In 1991 he became member of the cabinets of two successive members of the European Commission, dealing mainly with foreign policy, energy and institutional matters. He was the European Commission’s head of delegation in Jerusalem from 1996 to 1999 and went on to serve as deputy chef-de-cabinet for the EC commissioner in charge of development policy between 1999 and 2003. He then spent four years in Geneva in charge of the EC’s relationship with the United Nations system. He went back to the EEAS headquarters where he dealt with Eastern Partnership and regional issues, including the OSCE. He has been involved in conflict resolution in the region, in particular as chair of the 2nd working group of the Geneva Discussions on Georgia. Ambassador Béchet was appointed Permanent Representative of the European Union to the OSCE in Vienna in February 2013. He was the EU's ambassador to Norway until August 2021. In August 2021, he was appointed Chief of Protocole of the EEAS in Brussels.