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Thirty new EU ambassadors soon to be appointed

(BRUSSELS2) The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, is expected soon to announce the appointment of a early thirties new ambassadors of the European Union. She should discuss it, bilaterally, with the foreign ministers of the 27, meeting informally in Brussels, today and tomorrow (Saturday).

Among the destinations are notable posts such as Beijing, Tokyo, number 2 in Washington… They are part of what is called the 2010 rotation of EU delegations. This usual and annual procedure, consisting of changing the heads of delegations, takes on a particular tone this year. Because it is the first rotation which will be approved under the new system resulting from the Lisbon Treaty with candidates coming not only from the European administration but also from the diplomacies of the Member States, choice by a panel, nomination by the High Representative. The meeting will also be for the High Representative to take stock with the ministers of the appointments of the Quartet and the Top Ten management of the diplomatic service (see also: Top ten).

Under the 2010 rotation there are 27 heads of delegation and 2 deputy heads: United States (number 2) – China, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon – Albania, Fyrom, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia , Switzerland (Geneva) – South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Senegal, Chad, Zambia – Argentina, Brazil, Haiti.

In some positions, there are changes or hesitations, and the appointments may not be known right away. This is the case for three countries where the procedure was “reopened”: Iraq (because the decision was taken to reevaluate the position, upwards), number 2 in Washington and Brazil (where there are some "problems"). It also seems that there are some concerns for Geneva and Bosnia-Herzegovina. To be continued

(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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