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Lady Ashton's boys & girls band. His cabinet (maj3)

(BRUSSELS2) Since its first composition, the office of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the EU has evolved well, with a few departures and a few arrivals.

It can be noted that it corresponds to the classic composition of a European Commission cabinet. Each of its members is therefore responsible for portfolio files (external relations) and must keep an eye on the other Commission files. Lady Ashton is also, as vice-president of the Commission, a commissioner who has a say in the college on all files, even outside her competence. The composition reflects a more successful balance than at the start, between those close to him from his office as Commerce Commissioner and former members of the Solana cabinet. We can notice that many of them have passed through the United Kingdom (quite logical) or through the Balkans. Like any firm, there are also some “Offs”. Here is the current composition.

morrison-copy-1James morrison (UK) : chief of staff. Responsible for general coordination and the EEAS. A former member of the Ashton cabinet and a pure British diplomat. Background: He started his career in the Nationality and Immigration Directorate of the Home Office in London but quickly moved, in 1991, to the Foreign Office (FCO) where he worked on humanitarian and war crimes issues. He then spent the next five years at the British Representation of the EU dealing with international trade or aid issues until 1998 (date of the British Presidency of the EU). In 1999, he returned to the FCO as spokesperson and then became private secretary to two ministers responsible for Europe (in Tony Blair's government). After having been head of the CFSP (common foreign and security policy) department, he returned to Brussels where he was responsible for the “presidency” team during the British presidency of the EU in 2005, also in charge of trade issues. and relations with Asia. After a period at university level at the Ashridge Business School, he returned to the European Commission in 2008 as chief of staff to Catherine Ashton (Commerce). Such. +322 299 9156

holm-pedersen_h.jpgHelene-Holm Pedersen (DK): Deputy Chief of Staff, “Balkans, Enlargement” Advisor as well as monitoring the Foreign Affairs Council, also monitors the issues of Development (Commissioner Piebalgs) and Employment. A former member of the Rehn cabinet (Enlargement), where she was responsible for Bosnia, Kosovo, development and humanitarian aid, as well as relations with the Council and the “consumer” file. Career: After working with the High Representative of the International Community (OHR) in Bosnia and Brussels, at the OECD and with the EU Special Representative in Skopje, she joined the Council Secretariat task force in 2002 , under the leadership of the EU Special Representative, Lord Ashdown. Then in 2005 he moved to the office of Olli Rehn (Commissioner for Enlargement). Such. +322 299 3693

Pelayo Castro-Zuzuarregui (SP): advisor “Middle East” andEuromed, UPM, Barcelona Process”. He also follows the EEAS process and is in charge of the Business – Industry file. After having been an administrator in the “International Trade” committee of the European Parliament, since 2007 he was “personal assistant” to the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose-Luis Zapatero. Useful background to ensure the link with the Spanish presidency. Another career path: assistant to the chief correspondent of El Pais in the USA. “Junior Officer” at the economic trade office of the Spanish Embassy in Brussels. Course: Masters degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Leonardo da Vinci promotion), Master of Science in Foreign Service and Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University (Washington DC), Degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His wife is Dutch and they have a daughter. Such. +322 299 8111



Renate Nikolay (DU): advisor “Asia” (China, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia) and relations with Parliament”. She also follows the files of Trade (commissioner de Gucht), Climate, Environment and Agriculture. A former member of the Ashton cabinet (Commerce) where she was in charge of relations with Parliament and of Peter Mandelson's cabinet (Commerce), in charge of food security issues. She began her career at the German Foreign Ministry.
Phone. +322 299 9033

EvertsSteven.jpgSteven Everts (NL): advisor “USA, Canada, UN” and speechwriter, he was also responsible for the “Energy” file. 39 years old. A former member of the Solana firm. He was the personal representative of Javier Solana (High Representative) on Energy and foreign policy. Career: special advisor in charge of transatlantic relations (US Canada), the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the G8 and climate change (2005-2008). Researcher at the Center for European Reform in London (1999-2004) and lecturer at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, in charge of international relations (1996-1998). Course: Born in 1970, graduated from British university, doctorate in international law, with a promising thesis title: “Adapation in Foreign Policy. British and French reactions to German unification”. He also studied at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) in political science. Such. +322 295 9413


Carl Hallergaard (SWE): advisor “Central Asia” and monitoring by the Foreign Affairs Council. He is also in charge of the Terrorism, Arctic-Norway, and Administration file. A former member of the Solana firm. He was the “Balkans” advisor to the former High Representative. Career: after an internship in the office of the Swedish Commissioner, Anita Gradin, he joined the European Commission at the Humanitarian Office (ECHO (1996), then moved to the Council secretariat (2000) to the “Balkans” task force and at the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit (UPPAR) which later became the Political Unit Course: Stockholm Business School, university in political science and philosophy, College of Europe in Bruges (1995). Tel. +322 295 9406



Alice Guitton (ENG): advisor “Crisis management and CSDP”, “Iran”, “NATO”. She also monitors Education and Culture and Research files. A junior (32 years old) from the Kouchner firm. A French diplomat, she was until now head of the governance mission at the Quai d'Orsay since May 2009, after having been an advisor in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, responsible for questions of multilateral and strategic affairs (UN, piracy, etc.) from 2007 to 2009 (notably during the French presidency of the EU). First Secretary at the French Embassy in London (2005-2007). Editor in the political affairs division of the Quai d'Orsay (2002-2005) after having been in the economic affairs division, in charge of questions from international organizations and the UN (2000-2002). Course: studies in philosophy at the University of Sorbonne Paris IV and economics (1994-1997), political sciences Paris (1997). A graduate of ENA (Averroès class of 1998-2000), she completed her compulsory internships at the Creuse prefecture and at Pernod Ricard. She also interned at the European Court of Auditors (1996) and at the European Commission delegation to the OECD and UNESCO (1995). Such. +322 295 0076

Alexandros Yannis (GRE): advisor “Africa, Türkiye, Kosovo”, he is also in charge of maritime and fisheries affairs, as well as international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. A researcher in political science, he worked with the EU special envoy for Somalia (1994-1997), then at UNMIK in Kosovo with Bernard Kouchner, as political advisor (1999-2000) and at the High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva (2001), before joining the Council of the EU as Western Balkans advisor to DG E (external) of the Council of the EU. He was political advisor (Polad) to the EU Special Envoy for the South Caucasus (Peter Semneby). Such. +322 299 8112


Bannerman.jpgEdward Bannerman (UK): G7-G20 Advisor, Australia – New Zealand. A former member of Ashton (Trade), where he was in charge of transatlantic policy, the WTO, the single market, energy, sovereign wealth funds and intellectual property rights. In the office of the High Representative, he has a more discreet, but formidable strategic role: he is, in fact, in charge of following the “sensitive” files which come to the college for the British: internal market and financial services, economic affairs and financial (the euro), budget and financial programming (the British rebate), taxation, fraud, as well as Think tanks. Such. +322 295 9351

Alexandra Knapton (UK) : adviser India, Sri Lanka, Caribbean, Pacific, Latin and Central America. She is also responsible for NGOs, questions of justice, internal affairs and citizenship. Background: She was responsible for some of these issues as first secretary at the Permanent Representation of the United Kingdom in Brussels (civil law, citizenship, human rights agency). But above all she was the “private secretary” of the Baroness when she exercised certain ministerial functions (notably parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs) in the government of Tony Blair. Such. +322 297 6190

Zhivka Petkova (BULG): advisor “Afghanistan, Pakistan, UN, Russia”. Former Deputy Head of Cabinet to Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva. Phone. +322 295 0376

jennings-michael.jpgMichael Jennings (UK): private secretary. Former press officer for Commissioner Ashton (Trade) after having held the same position with Peter Mandelson (since 2007). Career: head of the press service of the EC delegation in China and Mongolia (2005-2007). Head of press and public relations at Bayer China (2002-2005). Born in September 1976. Course: masters of letters and masters in economics and political science (1995-1999) at Trinity College Dublin (1995-1999 and 1999-2001), Baccalaureate (Abitur) in German at Freiherr-vom-Stein Grammar Leverkusen School (1995). Such. +322 298 6880

MajaKocijancic.gifMaja Kocijancic (SLO): HR spokesperson. She was until now spokesperson for the Slovenian representation in Brussels and notably held this position during the Slovenian presidency of the EU in 2008. She was previously the EU and NATO correspondent journalist for the Slovenian press agency (STA). Such. +322 298 6570

Darren Ennis (IRL): press officer. Former Reuters journalist corresponding to European affairs in Brussels. Phone. +32 2 296 3293.

NB: Catherine Ashton's Military Advisor is the General Hakan Syren (SWE), chairman of the military committee.

(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).