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European Commission Appoints Next Head of EU Delegation to the US

February 17, 2010

The European Commission has appointed João Vale de Almeida of Portugal as the next Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States. Vale de Almeida has been a European official for 27 years, most recently working in the prestigious post of Director General for External Relations. Previously, he was Head of Cabinet for Commission President José Manuel Barroso as well as Barroso’s personal representative at several G8 and G20 Summits.

President Barroso suggests the selection of this high senior official is a testament to the top priority status of EU-US relations, displaying ” a political commitment to enhance and deepen the transatlantic relationship in a crucial moment for bilateral relations and global governance.”

Is this a reaction to the recent surprising decision by US president Barack Obama to skip out on the 2010 EU-US summit? Perhaps Mr. Vale de Almeida’s credentials speak for themselves. He will take up his post in Washington within the next few months.

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