Kassandra hears that Stavros Lambrinidis will be the one replace David O’Sullivan as the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
Lambrinidis has been the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights since July 2012, gathering much praise by his colleagues inside the EEAS for doing work which is often not very visible to the outside.
Lambrinidis has, among others, previously held the positions of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece and Vice President of the European Parliament.
On the flip-side, Ambassador-designate Gordon Sondland has received his Senate confirmation and the EU will finally see a new ambassador arrive from the US since the departure of Anthony Gardner. Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels and the co-founder of Aspen Capital.
Sondland’s nomination received bipartisan support during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In a nod to the EU’s leadership, Sondland said during his hearing: “I’m proud that the first language I spoke at home was German, and if confirmed, I look forward to once again conversing with our friends throughout Europe in English and also in German where spoken.”