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The organization chart of the diplomatic service is filling up. Look…

As appointments are made, names fill the “empty boxes” of the organization chart of the new diplomatic service of the European Union. Taking the last “stable” organization chart (the one from the end of July) (1) and the various information in my possession, here is the first “completed” organization chart!

The flags symbolize the nationality of the holder. Of course aesthetes will be able to reproach me for such a procedure, believing that an agent of the diplomatic service is European above all. But here we are in a field, diplomacy and security, where nationality cannot be considered negligible. And there is no denying that it plays a major factor in the current nominations. It's not a question of skills, I think I've already written this, the people appointed have undeniable skills; it is a question of balance, both geographical and cultural. This process of marking with small flags is also widely used in capitals, in permanent representations and even within the European Commission or the Council where each appointment and each rumor is carefully scrutinized.

At first glance, we can notice that the “Viking” and “Saxon” presence (in the historical sense of the term: Swedish, Dutch, etc.) is very strong in the defense and security sphere, contrary to popular belief. The possible appointment of a Czech to the CMPD would only have increased this trend. The appointment of an Italian, Agostino Miozzo (2), to crisis response would make it possible to begin to rebalance the situation between “Latins” and “Germans”. This would be elevated to the rank of “Managing directors”; which would bring the number of MDs to seven (and not six as originally planned).

At a second glance, we will observe that most of the names cited as future “managing directors” come in the vast majority from the European Commission. Which is not entirely illogical. The Commission's DG Relex forms the main backbone of the new service.

Last remark: everything is very moving. And some of the names could be interchanged, with the chosen DMs often having more than one string to their bow. The head of strategic planning, Robert Cooper, should be placed in direct line with the High Representative. As for the function of the “public diplomacy” department, it could be placed under the hierarchical line of the “Chief operating officer”, David O'Sullivan. We discuss…


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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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