A MESSAGE FROM AMBASSADOR JOÃO VALE DE ALMEIDA HEAD OF DELEGATION
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Just over a year ago, the European Union launched the European External Action Service, the EU’s official diplomatic service. The timing could not have been more important. The large-scale challenges of the past year—particularly the transformative events of the Arab Spring—have required the kind of strong and coordinated EU response that the European External Action Service can provide.
The international community has supported this development; in May 2011, the EU was the first regional body granted the right to speak as a bloc at the UN General Assembly, allowing us to present common positions.
I invite you to learn more about the European External Action Service, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, and the strides that we have made during our first year in the current issue of EU Insight.
João Vale de Almeida