Tuesday, October 19, 2010

One of Solana's closest advisers to become EAD debuty

"Photobucket"photo: council of EU
18. October 2010, German becomes EU top diplomat
The 49-year-old Helga Schmid is about to get the post of Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service. She was for a long time on the hit list of EU parliamentarians.

The German diplomat Helga Schmid is about get Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EAD). The European Parliament has given up (after information by FTD.de) its opposition to the appointment of the 49-year-old foreign policy expert. This is due to the withdrawal of Polish Mikolaj Dowgieliewicz who should be following as planned by EU's chief diplomat Catherine Ashton as second Deputy Secretary General of the EU's new super agency, next to Schmid...

With Ashton's reshuffle before the crucial vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday, the two largest groups in the European Parliament stand behind her. It would end a months-long tug of war between Ashton, the Member States, Commission and Parliament. Ashton will announce shortly after the vote of the Parliament, the EAD leaders..."Link, Link

Helga Schmid worked close to Javier Solana as Head of the Political Staff of the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the EU Council (2006-20009).

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