European External Action Service (Heads of Delegation rotation): extracts from the press briefing by Catherine Ashton
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/09/2010 First transmission: 15/09/2010
On 15/09/2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, appointed 27 new Heads of EU Delegation and 1 Deputy Head of EU Delegation. The appointments were part of the wider recruitment exercise for the future EEAS, including the recently published top management positions, permanent chair of the Political and Security Committee and 80 political posts in delegations and other vacant jobs in headquarters.
Catherine Ashton was in the process of screening the candidates for the recently published posts for an upgraded Head of Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the two Head of Delegation posts in Geneva (WTO and UN).
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||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, to the press room
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Catherine Ashton: I am please to be able to announce today the results of the first group of ambassadors for Heads of Delegations, ambassadors of the European Union, under the 2010 rotation. I have already had the pleasure of personally informing the candidates. I want to, first of all, thank all the candidates who applied. We were very fortunate in the quality of candidates who came forward. As promised to Members States, the European Parliament and the EU citizens, I believe I have appointed the best people for the right jobs.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Catherine Ashton: As I said at the beginning, this is the first group of interviews. We will continue with further appointments to both, ambassadorial and middle ranking level over the coming weeks. In addition, I will be appointing the senior management team who will lead the External Action Service in the future, as soon as I have the go-ahead from the European Parliament on the budget and the staffing regulations.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Catherine Ashton: I will be travelling to New York on Sunday for the UN General Assembly and I will be there a week. As, of course, for many Foreign Ministers, that gives us a real opportunity to talk to those countries who want to hear a little bit more about what it means. Let me be clear, the reality of what we doing is simply instead of the rotating Presidency speaking for the EU, it would be either the President or myself who would make the EU contribution. But in that part of the agenda, we are currently the rotating Presidency speak. So, we are not asking for anything new, we are simply asking for the fact Lisbon to be recognized. But I know from looking at the analysis, there are some countries, I think it would be good for Member States, for the President and for myself to talk to, to explain this a little bit more. So it wasn't a loss of vote for Europe, it was simply a 'please, could we have more time' and we respect that and we work with that. (5 shots)