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Brussels, 21 December 2010

Catherine Ashton appoints two new Managing Directors for the External Action Service

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, today appointed Hugues Mingarelli as Managing Director for the Middle East and Southern Neighbourhood and Viorel Isticioaia Budura as Managing Director for Asia in the new European External Action Service (EEAS).

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of another two Managing Directors for the new External Action Service. Both Hugues and Viorel bring with them long experience of the countries and issues covered by their new portfolios. I look forward to working with them in the new service,” said Catherine Ashton.

Hugues Mingarelli is currently Deputy Director General in DG RELEX of the European Commission, responsible for relations with the countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy. He has 25 years’ experience in External Relations and Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Viorel Isticioaia Budura has been Romania’s Ambassador to China since 2002, with previous experience in senior positions in the Romanian Foreign Service in Korea and Japan. His previous experience includes responsibility for relations with the UN and other international organisations and as Director of the office of the Romanian Prime Minister.

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