Wednesday, July 29, 2009

naming of Solana’s replacement has to wait

Solana has said he will step down in October this year . Interesting enough,

"there are remarkably few names being put forward to be the next high representative for foreign policy" (European Voice)

"Javier Solana, the current high representative, has been successful in low-key diplomatic negotiations away from the public spotlight."

Ivo Banac, a prominent scholar of the Balkans who teaches at Yale, tells Dnevni Avaz that the EU has no strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “When we look a little more closely at what these people are doing – especially prominent figures like Carl Bildt – one has to clasp one's head in despair,” he says. Banac also says that Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, has done everything to reduce the role of the US in the Balkans.

Speaking during an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger warned though that the naming of Solana’s replacement would have to wait until after ratification of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty which will decide a number of personnel and structural issues.
The other candidates reportedly include Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bild, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Finnish EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and Dutch former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Sweden, which holds the presidency of the EU, is preparing for an extra summit of national government leaders in Brussels in mid-September.  
Goal is to agree on a common position for the G20 summit, which will be held in Pittsburgh on 24-25 September. The Swedes are preparing to schedule a dinner-meeting of heads of state or government on or near 16 September.
On 18 September, the Bundesrat, Germany's upper house, is set to approve new legislation on how the national parliament is consulted on EU decisions if the Lisbon treaty comes into force. On 2 October, Ireland will hold its second referendum on the Lisbon treaty. 

The presidency has scheduled its mid-term European Council meeting for 29-30 October. Swedish ministers have said that they want to use that meeting to decide on appointments to new EU posts created by the treaty, including a full-time president of European Council and a High Representative for foreign and security policy.

stay tuned!


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