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Last appointment to the “Top” management of the diplomatic service, a Greek?

(BRUSSELS2 / Exclusive) Greek diplomat Mara Marinaki, currently permanent representative of Greece to the OSCE, should occupy the last vacant position in the “top management” of the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS), as director of the Department “ multinational and global issues”. Thus the circle is closed and the “Board” of the Diplomatic Service is complete.

Graduated from the Athens Law University (1980), after the Diplomatic Academy of Athens, Mara Marinaki is pursuing a postgraduate degree in international law at the University of Thessaloniki and benefits from a research scholarship at the Fulbright Foundation. She embarked on a diplomatic career in 1980 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, including a stint at the head of international organizations and the United Nations. Her first position abroad was at the embassy in Washington (United States), as political advisor (1988-1992). But she spent a good part of her career in the ministry in Athens or in ministerial cabinets. She was thus a political advisor to the Prime Minister's office for a few months (January – May 1993) before exercising the same function with the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs. After a stay in Berlin as consul general (1995-1999), she became deputy director of the directorate for the Balkans (Nov. 1999 – Dec. 2000) then as director of the Justice, Home Affairs and Shengen department, a position she will retain for 6 years (2001-2007) before becoming ambassador, permanent representative to the OSCE, where she notably held the Greek presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

In addition to Greek, English and French, she speaks French and German and has a good knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

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).