BRUSSELS—Carnegie Europe is pleased to announce that Pierre Vimont has joined its research team as a senior associate. Vimont will specialize in the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.

Vimont joins Carnegie Europe after serving as executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service—the first person appointed to the position when the body began operating in December 2010. During a thirty-eight-year diplomatic career with the French foreign service, Vimont served as ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2010, ambassador to the European Union from 1999 to 2002, and chief of staff to three former French foreign ministers. He holds the title of ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life on only a few French career diplomats.

“Pierre is a legendary figure in European diplomacy,” said Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe. “Welcoming him to the Carnegie Europe team makes us very proud. We, as so many others who know Pierre, are looking forward to him taking on yet another important role in promoting Europe’s role in international affairs.”

“I am delighted to join Carnegie Europe,” Vimont said. “I look forward to working with esteemed colleagues in Brussels and in the four other Carnegie offices around the world and to contributing to the much-needed debate on what is at stake in Europe’s external relations.”

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