Tuesday, July 13, 2010

EU to extend Erwan Fouere’s mandate with 6 months

The EU will extend the mandate of its special representative to Macedonia Erwar Fouere with other six months until the European External Action Service (EEAS), which will develop common diplomatic network, starts functioning, Macedonian Vreme daily informs.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has confirmed the news recently, while a couple of days ago the European Parliament has passed a declaration which envisages for the EU to have a common diplomacy in the future, which will protect the interests of all member states. 

Ashton determined the decision as a historic step in Union’s development.

The EU mission in Skopje declared it has not received official information about whether Fouere will stay in Macedonia after August, when his term in office expires.

“I really don’t know. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have said no because my four-year term in office expires. But I am still here and I am happy about it,” Fouere said.

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