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The trio of the diplomatic service close to the appointment?

(BRUSSELS2) THEpolitical agreement on the creation of the European External Action Service has one advantage: it allows the process of appointments to be completed, starting with the top three. At the head of the external action service, three names most often emerge to occupy management positions in the general secretariat (*): a Frenchman, a fine product of French Diplomacy, an Italian, formerly of Italian Diplomacy who moved to the Commission service, a younger but very political Pole. All have the advantage of having a varied background either in diplomacy, or at the European Commission, or in another European institution in technical or more political positions.


PierreVimont-En09.jpgFrench Pierre Vimont, would be the Executive Secretary General. " For this position, you need someone of a certain stature, there are not 10.000 people who have this profile and are available » specifies someone close to Cathy Ashton. Vimont indeed has the stature: an outstanding diplomat, a fine connoisseur of the mysteries of the European Union. He is now French Ambassador to Washington (since July 2007), and was previously. former chief of staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (first Michel Barnier then Philippe Douste-Blazy).

Born June 15, 1949, after the ENA, he opted for a diplomatic career. The French Embassy in London was his first post, first as second secretary then first secretary (1977-1981). When the left was appointed to power, he held the strategic position of information and press at the Quai d'Orsay (1981-1985) then moved to the Institute for the Study of East-West Security Problems in New York. In 1986, he made his first stay at the Permanent Representation in Brussels (until 1990). He was then director of the cabinet of the Minister Delegate for European Affairs (1990-1991) before occupying several positions at the Quai d'Orsay (director of development and scientific, technical and educational cooperation, deputy director general of cultural and scientific relations). and techniques, director of European cooperation). In 1999, he returned to Brussels as ambassador – permanent representative, before becoming chief of staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002 under the De Villepin government (first Michel Barnier then Philippe Douste-Blazy).


Italian, Stefano Sannino, would be appointed Deputy Secretary General. He is currently Deputy Director General of DG Relex responsible for Latin America and Asia at the European Commission. But he has a diverse background. Sannino first held various positions within the Italian ministries of foreign affairs and foreign trade, particularly in the Balkans. He was Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade (1993-1995) and Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2001- 2002), before joining the European Commission in 2002.

He first served as an advisor for external relations and trade in the cabinet of the President of the Commission, the Italian Romano Prodi. He was notably his sherpa at the G8. In 2005, he was appointed director in charge of the crisis platform and representative to the COPS, within the External Relations DG. When Prodi came back to the head
of the government, he followed it. From 2006 to 2008, he was seconded to the Italian Prime Minister's Office as G8 Sherpa and Senior Advisor for EU and International Affairs, before returning to the Commission in 2008 as Director for Latin America.


Dowgielewicz-Fb.JPGThe Pole, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, would be the 2nd deputy secretary general. Currently State Secretary for European Affairs, in charge of preparing the Polish presidency, he is the youngest of the trio. But his career was rapid. Born in 1972, he studied at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw, at the University of Hull (United Kingdom) then at the College of Europe in Natolin.

Joined the political office of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2000), then advisor to the chairman of the European Law Committee of the Polish Diet (2000-2001) and head of the academic department of the College of Europe (2002-2003) , he then joined Brussels first as press advisor to the President of the European Parliament, the liberal Pat Cox (2003-2004), then as spokesperson for the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Communication, the Swede ( social democrat) Margot Wallström (2004-2007), before joining her cabinet (2007). He returned to Warsaw with the victory of the civic platform and became from 2007 to 2009, secretary and then Secretary of State of the committee for European integration.

Attention ! Until these nominations are made, we cannot bet on anything. And other names may appear.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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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