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EU Special Representatives confirmed, provisionally


(BRUSSELS2) The special representatives whose mandate ended (for the most part) on February 28, 2010 will see this mandate extended. At least provisionally until the date of creation of the external action service or, at the latest, until August 31, 2010. The decision was discussed in the PSC – the EU political and security committee – during one of its last meetings, on January 29. And it should be endorsed at a future meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The only exception: the special representative for Afghanistan. Its current holder, the Italian Francesco Sequi could be replaced. A call for applications has been launched. And during the London meeting on Afghanistan, the question of his replacement was raised. We are talking about the Lithuanian Vygaudas Ušackas (according to our colleagues atEuropean Voice). The replacement could in all cover the two responsibilities: Special Representative and Head of the Delegation of the European Commission.

It can be noted that no special representative on Haiti is currently being considered, even though the United States immediately appointed its special representative in the person of Bill Clinton who has since become the Special Representative of the 'UN. It should also be noted that no one has yet been named on questions of piracy or Somalia. Solana's former personal representative for Somalia, French General Pierre-Michel Joana, was not reappointed. Generally speaking, none of Solana's personal representatives have been reappointed.


2131_er_dr__valentin_inzko.jpgBosnia and Herzegovina : Valentin Inzko (Austria). 50 years. Balkan specialist.
Journey: Ambassador to Slovenia (2005-2009) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996-1999), Head of the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe Department at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2004), Cultural Advisor at the Embassy of Prague (1993-1996), Head of the OSCE mission to the Sanjak in Novi-Pazar (1992), Founding Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in Prague – Rep. Czech (1991-1995), Director of the Press – Information section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1990), advisor to the Austrian Mission to the United Nations New York (1986-1989), Press attaché and cultural attaché at the Austrian embassy in Belgrade – Yugoslavia (1982-1986). Joined the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the “Central, South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia” department (1981-1982). Head of the UNDP representation in Colombo – Sri Lanka (1978-1980) and at the United Nations Office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (1974-1978). Read also: Inzko, the EU special representative in Bosnia, a connoisseur…

Fouere-RepSpe-UE09.jpgFyrom (Macedonia): Erwan
(Ireland) (*). 63 years old. A “community” who has spent his entire career at the Commission.
Career: Head of EC delegation in Slovenia (2002-2005), Head of the OSCE section at DG Relex (1998-2002), Head of the delegation in South Africa (1994-1998), in Mexico and Cuba (1989- 1993), deputy to the delegation in Caracas – Venezuela (1984-1989) … Administrator at the DG Environment of the European Commission in charge of the negotiation of international conventions (1979 – 1983),
Administrator at the DG Relex of the European Commission responsible for Eastern countries and CSCE (1975-1979).

FEITH_Pieter_Cornelis.jpgKosovo : Pieter Feith (Netherlands). 65 years. An expert in EU crisis management.
Career: Director of ESDP Civil Operations at the Council – CPCC (2007), Head of the observer delegation in Aceh AMM (2005-2006), Head of the EU team of experts in Iraq (2005), Representative staff of Javier Solana in Darfur (2004), Deputy Director General for Political-Military Affairs at the Council of the EU (2001-…). At NATO (1995-2001): Personal representative of Secretary General Robertson in Yugoslavia, Director of the Directorate of Operations and Crisis Management, Head of the NATO Task Force in the Balkans, Political Advisor, Polad, of Commander of IFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Previously joined the Dutch diplomatic service in 1970 where he served until 1995.

Caucasus – Central Asia

morel-RepSpe-UE09.jpgCrisis in Georgia / Central Asia : Pierre Morell (France). 65 years. A diplomat
seasoned specialist in the republics of the former USSR. Career: appointed special representative for Central Asia in 2006 and for the crisis in Georgia in September 2008. Advisor to the political planning center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006), Ambassador of France to the Holy See (2002-2005), in China (1996-2002), in Russia with Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan (1992-1996), Kyrgyzstan (1993-1996), in Georgia (1992-1993), diplomatic advisor to the French President (Mitterand) as part of the delegation to the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty (1991).

Mizsei-RepSpe--UE10.jpgMoldova : Kalman Mizsei (Hungary). 54 years old. course: Visiting Professor at the Central European University (2007), Assistant to the Secretary-General of the UN, and Director of the Regional Office for Europe and the CIS at UNDP (2001-2006), Director of Investments and Infrastructure in Europe Central and EAST to AIG Global Investment Corp (1997-2001), Chairman of Hungarian Export Import Bank Ltd and Hungarian Export
(1995-1997), Vice President of Economic Programs at the Institute for East European Studies in New York (1992-1995), Deputy Director of the Institute for World Economy at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1990-1991).

web_semneby.jpgSouth Caucasus : Peter Semneby
(Sweden). 50 years. Journey : head of the OSCE mission to Croatia (2002-2005) and Latvia (2000-2002), responsible for ESDP at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000). Positions in Swedish embassies in Germany, Ukraine, USSR.


VandeGeer-RepSpe-UE09.jpgBig lakes : Roeland van de Geer (The Netherlands). 57 years old. A professor and diplomat specializing in Africa.
Background: Ambassador of the Netherlands to Afghanistan (
2006 – 2007), itinerant professor (2005 – 2006), Africa Director at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002 - 2005) and previously Director of the Western Hemisphere (1998 – 2002), Ambassador to Mozambique (1994 – 1998), head of the South Africa “development” department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1991 – 1994) and previously North Africa (1990 – 1991), deputy director at Center for Development Co-operation Services at the Free University of Amsterdam (1986 – 1989). Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. Previously, seconded professor from the Free University of Amsterdam to the University of Lesotho and the Government of Lesotho.


: Torben Brylle (Denmark). 61 years old. A career diplomat.
Career: Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt (2007), to South Africa for all surrounding countries (2001-2007), Deputy Secretary for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen (1997-2001), head of the Middle East department , North Africa, Latin America (1994-1997), director of the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation (1994-1997), Head of the South Africa department (1991-1994), ... first advisor at the embassy Danish in Paris (1983-1986). Joined the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978.


African Union
: Koen Vervaeke (Belgium) (*). 50 years (April 22, 1959).
Career: Head of the Africa Unit at the “Policy unit” at the Council of the European Union (2003-2006), Special Envoy of Belgium in the Great Lakes region (2002-2003), Head of the press and spokesperson for the Prime Minister (Verhofstadt) (1999-2002), political advisor at the political representation of Belgium at the United Nations in Geneva (1995-1999) and at the Belgian embassy in Bujumbura – Burundi (1992-1995), First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Tunis – Tunisia (1989-1992). Joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 1987. Previously head of public and cultural relations at the ASLK-CGER bank (General Savings and Retirement Fund).

Asia – Middle East

Sequi-RepSpe-UE09.jpgAfghanistan. : Ettore Francesco Sequi (Italy) (**). 53 years. Joined the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985.Ambassador of Italy in Kabul (2004-2008), Deputy Head of the Italian Embassy in Tirana (2000-2004), Advisor to the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2000), Advisor to the Permanent Representation to the UN in New York (1994-1998), Consul of Italy in Teheran (1989-1994), office of the Director General of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988-1989).

Otte-RepSpe-UE09.jpgMiddle East peace process : Marc Otte (Belgium). 62 years. A diplomat also specializing in the ESDP. Career: advisor to Solana on the ESDP (1999-2003) and head of the ESDP task force at the Council. Director for security and disarmament policy at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-1999), Belgian Ambassador to Israel (1992-1996), Consul General of Belgium in Los Angeles (1988-1992). Advisor, head of the economic service, at the Belgian Embassy in Zaire (1984-1988), First Secretary, in charge of Economy and Trade at the Belgian Embassy in Washington (1980-1984), Head of the division interministerial coordination at the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1978-1980), economic attaché at the Belgian Embassy in Washington (1976-1977). Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976, previously he had worked in a private company as technical director of Kloeckner Bamaco SA and was a teacher at the Bokakata teacher training school in DR Congo (1970-1972).


(*) “Double hat”, also heads the European Commission delegation.

(**) until February 28.

(photo credit: Council of the European Union. Top: Group photo with Javier Solana. I don't have another one!)

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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