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Who will represent the EU in the world: Czechs and others

(B2)Representation outside the EU is normally ensured by the country which holds the rotating presidency for the semester. Sometimes this has no representation. We have also defined a designation mechanism (the last one dates back to December 20, 2006) a real gem…)

The Czech Republic has a fairly dense diplomatic network, for a “small” country, without comparison with Slovenia for example. It will thus be present in several hot or sensitive regions of the CFSP/ESDP: Afghanistan, Belarus, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, DR Congo, Russia, Syria, Thailand, Zimbabwe, etc.

It is also present in all countries requesting membership or close to it (Croatia, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, etc.) with two exceptions (Montenegro and Iceland).

• If the Czech Republic does not have a representative, it is normally the next state in the presidency which assumes (Sweden). This is the case in Iceland, Uganda, Senegal,
Singapore, Sri Lanka…

If neither have representation, it is another State, in turn, according to a principle of rotation (changing every 6 months, as long as the 2 “normal” rules are not applicable, following the order in which the Member States must exercise the presidency) which applies. Which gives quite tasty results:
– Germany in Chad (military operation “Eufor”)
– Italy in Sudan and Bahrain (US Navy base in the Gulf)
– Spain in Guinea-Bissau (“security reform” mission)
– Poland in Armenia
– Belgium in Congo (Brazzaville) and Azerbaijan
– Denmark in Burkina Faso
– Finland to Nepal
– Hungary to Montenegro and Qatar.
– the Netherlands in Rwanda or Benin

Sometimes only one Member State has representation in the country concerned. It is therefore he who sticks to it – whatever the presidency:
– Portugal in East Timor
– the United Kingdom in Belize and the Gambia.
– France in Liberia or Eritrea
– Ireland in Lesotho

Sometimes no country is designated, as in Somalia, but also in Swaziland, Bhuthan, Kiribati…


Complete list to download here

Please note: the representations in Kosovo and the Palestinian territories are not mentioned…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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