Portuguese diplomat to represent EU post Brexit

in News · 17-01-2020 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has chosen Portuguese diplomat João Vale de Almeida to head the EU’s future delegation in the UK following Brexit.

“I can confirm that the High Representative and [Commission] Vice-President intends to appoint João Vale de Almeida as leader of the future European Union delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” Virgine Battu-Henriksson, a spokeswoman for the commission, told Lusa.
She added that “the formal appointment will only take place after the UK leaves the European Union”, which is scheduled for 31 January, and after gaining the approval of the British authorities, which is indispensable.
With more than three decades of experience in the EU, Vale de Almeida, 62, has held positions such as spokesman for the commission and director-general before becoming chief of staff and chief adviser to José Manuel Barroso, a former prime minister of Portugal, during his first term as president of the commission (2004-2009).

Vale de Almeida then became EU ambassador to the US (2010-2014), heading the first EU delegation in Washington with enhanced powers (that, representing the EU as a whole and not just the commission) established in the Treaty of Lisbon. From 2015 until the end of last year he was the EU ambassador to the United Nations.
When he returned to Brussels in December after a decade or so in Washington and New York, his name was already being touted as one of the favourites to represent the EU in London after the UK ceases to be a member state.
If there are no further delays to the UK’s exit, the commission’s representation in London will be wound up on that date and be replaced on 1 February with the new EU delegation – similar to the one that Vale de Almeida headed in the US.
The EU delegation in the UK will be overseen by the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic corps, which is run by the EU’s High Representative, Josep Borrell, who is also vice-president of the new commission headed by Ursula Von der Leyen. It will start operations at a time when the EU’s remaining 27 member states and the UK will be negotiating the future relationship between the two sides.


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By Two.Sugars.in.my.Tea from Algarve on 18-01-2020 09:57
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