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EU Ambassadors: “the best people for the right jobs” says C. Ashton

(BRUSSELS2) The list posting on this blog (exclusively) was the right one (phew!). Cathy Ashton thus confirmed, at 13 p.m., to journalists the appointment of 26 new ambassadors (27 including the confirmation of Usackas in Afghanistan) and 1 deputy ambassador.

The High Representative welcomed a choice which reveals geographical and gender balance. “ I have appointed the best people for the right jobs. I am extremely pleased by the caliber of those who applied for the posts.” she said. “I have consistently asked member states and the EU institutions to put forward the brightest and best that Europe has to offer and I hope this will continue to be the case as we build the new European External Action Service, for the People of Europe.”

What was a challenge at the start has now become a reality. The first wave of ambassadors new look was named. It was not without pain. And there will undoubtedly be many comments, praising, regretting, or criticizing these appointments. There may be some legal challenges from candidates who believe they have been unfairly ousted. But the train has started...

(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).