Joao Vale de Almeida is the European Union's new ambassador to the United States. Photo by: EU

Joao Vale de Almeida officially assumed Aug. 10 his post as the European Union’s new ambassador to the United States after submitting his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Vale de Almeida is the first EU ambassador to the U.S. since the bloc’s adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Prior to the treaty, the post of EU ambassador to the U.S. was held by the EU presidency that rotates every six months.

“I’m supposed to have a wider mandate than my predecessors,” Vale de Almeida told Agence France-Presse. “Our delegations now cover a wide spectrum of issues well beyond the economic dimension, trade dimension and regulatory dimension, to cover all policies in the union, including foreign policy and security policy.”

The new EU ambassador to the U.S. said he was enthusiastic about furthering trans-Atlantic ties, Deutsche Welle reports.

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