Catherine Ashton has appointed 15 new heads and two deputy heads of EU delegations abroad.
Jan Tombinski, Poland’s ambassador to the EU, will be head of delegation to Ukraine, replacing José Manuel Pinto Teixeira of Portugal, who becomes head of delegation to Cape Verde.
Yuri Sterk, Bulgaria’s ambassador to Israel, moves to Uzbekistan, to head a new EU delegation.
Luc Vandebon, a Belgian serving as a counsellor in the EU’s mission to Afghanistan, has been appointed head of delegation to Malaysia. He replaces Vincent Piket, who will now lead the EU’s office in Hong Kong.
Adam Kulach, the senior Polish diplomat responsible for north African affairs, will head the delegation in Saudi Arabia. Laura Baeza, the Spanish head of delegation in Algeria, takes up the same position in Tunisia. Her post in Algiers is taken by Marek Skolil, a director-general in the Czech foreign ministry. The new head of delegation in Yemen is Bettina Muscheidt, a German who was a political officer on the Afghanistan desk in the European External Action Service in Brussels. Muscheidt replaces Michele Cervone d’Urso, an Italian, who will now serve as a Nairobi-based envoy to Somalia.
Timothy Torlot, Britain’s ambassador to Yemen, has been appointed head of delegation to Bolivia. Mitja Drobnic, Slovenia’s ambassador to Germany, becomes EU ambassador to Montenegro.
Rafael Dochao Moreno, a Spaniard who is chargé d’affaires of the EU’s delegation to Cambodia, will lead the delegation in Chile. Sylvie Tabesse, a Frenchwoman who is head of operations in the Mozambique delegation, will serve in Timor-Leste. Mikael Barfod, a Dane, will move from a post as head of unit in the European Commission’s development department to head the delegation to Barbados.
Alfred Grannas, a German diplomat, will be deputy head of delegation to Afghanistan and Dominic Porter of Britain will be deputy head of delegation to Switzerland.
Almut Bonhage has been appointed secretary general of the European Federation of National Associations of Water & Waste Water Services (EUREAU), to replace Pierre-Yves Monette. Bonhage is a communication and public-affairs consultant specialising in higher education and research.
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