Bulgarian diplomat Nataliya Apostolova and Greek diplomat Alexandra Papadopoulou assumed their posts as EU office head and EULEX chief, respectively.
The European Union Office Head in Kosovo and EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, assumed her new post on September 1.
“Ambassador Apostolova, a Bulgarian national, has served both in her national diplomatic administration and in the European External Action Service, EEAS, for over 25 years,” the press release informed.
Most recently, Apostolova was appointed Ambassador and the Head of the EU Delegation in Tripoli, Libya. Prior to that, she was Deputy Head of EU Delegation in Egypt. She was also appointed as a Bulgarian diplomat in the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva and in the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU.
Apostolova succeeds in both positions Slovenian diplomat Samuel Žbogar.
On the other hand, Papadopoulou, who has previously worked in Kosovo, will be leading the European Union’s rule of law mission, EULEX.
“Today, Ambassador Alexandra Papadopoulou has taken up her duties as the new Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). Ambassador Papadopoulou, a senior Greek diplomat with extensive experience in the Balkans, has previously served in Kosovo as the Head of the Greek Liaison Office in 2000 ,” the EULEX press release informed.
The Greek diplomat was previously Permanent Representative of Greece to the European Union in Brussels, and the Director General for EU affairsin the Greek Foreign Ministry, during the country’s EU presidency in 2014.
Papadopoulou worked as the Greek Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, and was Chief of Greek Liaison Office in Skopje for five years.
Papadopoulou succeeds Italian diplomat Gabriele Meucci as chief of EULEX.
In June the European Mission for Rule of Law’s mandate was extended until June 2018.
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