Anger after Poland left out of EU ambassador team 23.08.2010 09:05
Out of the 115 new EU ambassadors that are to represent the 27-nation bloc across the world, only two people have been chosen from the new wave of the EU’s members; none are from Poland.
According to a report released by the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), the newly created EU diplomatic corps numbers some 1,700 personnel, although only 36 Poles have been hired as EU civil servants in the corps.
Over 90 percent of posts in the corps are to be filled by EU citizens from the ‘old’ 15 member states.
Out of a total of 115 ambassadors, a Hungarian is to represent the EU in Norway, while a Lithuanian is to undertake the Union’s posting to Afghanistan.
The PISM report slams EU judgment for not taking knowledge of regions or languages into account when handing out the new posts. Most of the ambassadorial placements were taken by French, Italian, Belgian and German diplomats.
The EU ambassador to Russia is to be a Spaniard. In other countries that are members of the EU’s Eastern Partnership programme, started under the joint direction of Poland and Sweden, the Ukraine will host a Portuguese EU ambassador, Armenia will have an Italian, and Azerbaijan is to receive a Belgian diplomat.