Ashton Names First Batch of Diplomatic Appointments

    European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. Photo by: EU

    European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton announced Sept. 15 the first batch of diplomatic appointments for the bloc’s external action service.

    In announcing the lineup, Ashton said she “made a start” to address geographical and gender balance, which is among the core demands of the European Parliament.

    “These appointments show an improvement in both but there is more to do,” Ashton said as quoted by the European Voice.

    The European Parliament has recently grilled Ashton for the reported underrepresentation of women and Eastern Europeans in the EU’s diplomatic service.

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    The 29 new appointees, who would be transferred to the European External Action Service once it becomes fully operational in December, include seven women. Five of the appointees are from Spain, while four are from new EU member states.

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