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2012 rotation of European diplomacy: 17 appointed

(BRUSSELS2) 15 new heads of delegation and two deputies have just been appointed by the High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton, to take up positions in the delegations: 8 come from the own Service, 2 from the Commission and 7 from diplomacies of member states. A position that was to be recruited, that of deputy head of the delegation in Turkey, has not been confirmed.

Among the 17 new ambassadors (or deputies) of the European Union, 5 of them come from central and eastern European countries. We will note an expected appointment, that of the Pole Tombinski in Ukraine, and the good performance of Slovenian diplomats, who continue to occupy the field in the Balkans: it is a Slovene who is appointed to Montenegro. We can also notice that only one French person from the Commission reaches the end of the process... 2 Germans and 2 British are appointed.

As is customary, C. Ashton welcomed this appointment (in English): “I was once again impressed by the quality of the candidates for these important positions. The (EEAS) depends on the quality of its people and its ability to attract the most brilliant diplomats is vital. »

A quarter of European diplomats from national diplomacy

According to a final count, carried out by the EEAS, taking into account these appointments, 57 of the 153 ambassadors and deputy ambassadors in the delegations are occupied by diplomats from member states. More than a quarter of the EEAS is thus made up of national diplomats (26.4% exactly, distributed at 37.8% in the delegations and 19.3% at headquarters).

Rebalancing men/women slowly progressing

Of the 15 ambassador appointments, 3 are women. An important point for the High Representative. “ Achieving our gender balance goals is important to me. (…) I continue to encourage good candidates to put themselves forward for positions within the EEAS, including at the highest level. » But there were not enough female candidates, only 87 applications out of a total of 717 candidates were women (i.e. 12%). Among the heads of delegations (heads/deputy heads), 31 positions (out of 153, or 1 in 5) are today occupied by women. Which is significantly more important than what existed before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and which is undoubtedly slightly more than in certain national diplomacies (follow my gaze :-))

Recruitment in progress

Procedures continue for heads of delegation for Cuba, Djibouti, Iceland, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, the Pacific region (Fiji) and Uruguay. At headquarters, we are still recruiting a Department Director (Europe/Central Asia) after the departure of Mr. Lajcak, 2 Directors (Multilateral Affairs and Security and Conflict Prevention Policy and 1 Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation ).

# Delegation Appointment Source/Nationality Male/Female
1 ALGERIA, Algiers Marek SKOLIL Rep. Czech M
2 TUNISIA, Tunis Laura BAEZA EEAS/Spain F
4 BARBADOS, Bridgetown Mikael BARFOD Commission/Denmark M
5 BOLIVIA, La Paz Timothy TORLOT United Kingdom M
7 CHILE, Santiago Rafael DOCHAO MORENO EEAS/Spain M
8 CHINA, Hong Kong Vincent PIKET EEAS/Netherlands M
9 TIMOR-LESTE, Dili Sylvie TABESSE Commission/France F
10 KENYA, Nairobi (special envoy Somalia) Michele CERVONE D'URSO EEAS/Italy M
11 MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur Luc VANDEBON EEAS/Belgium M
12 MONTENEGRO, Podgorica Mitja DROBNIC Slovenia M
13 SAUDI ARABIA, Riyadh Adam KULACH Poland M
14 UZBEKISTAN, Tashkent Yuri STERK Bulgaria M
15 YEMEN, San’a Bettina MUSCHEIDT EEAS/Germany F
16 AFGHANISTAN, Kabul (Deputy Chief) Alfred GRANNAS Germany M
17 SWITZERLAND, Geneva (UN) (deputy leader) Dominic Porter EEAS/UK M


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).