This Ambassadorial Talk, organized by the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair on the occasion of the 3rd edition of the Natolin Neighbourhood Days, aimed at providing participants with a unique opportunity to discuss the current meaning and functioning of EU foreign policy and its successes and shortcomings with H.E. Ambassador Pierre VIMONT, Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels.
The meeting was intended to inform the audience about the main challenges that EU foreign policy is facing nowadays, such as what is the role of the European External Action Service; what are the EU’s relations with other EU institutions and Member States; what are the EU’s relations with third countries; how to conceive of the EU in a currently changing international system?
About the speaker:
Mr Pierre VIMONT is a French Ambassador and law graduate of SciencesPo Paris and of the National School of Administration (ENA). He is a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. After graduating in 1977, he entered the French diplomatic service and served in London, Brussels and Paris. He was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the European Union in 1999. After three years as Ambassador in Brussels, Mr Pierre VIMONT then returned to Paris where he stayed until 2007 as the Chief of Staff for three ministers of foreign affairs. Subsequently, he was then appointed as Ambassador of France to the United States of America and served in Washington D.C. until 2010. In October 2010, he became Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, a position that he held until February 2015. In June 2015, he has been appointed by President TUSK as Personal Envoy for the preparation of the Valletta Summit on migration.