When UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown nominated Valerie Amos as his candidate for the post of EU Africa envoy last June many people assumed that it was a done deal. And even if the job did not go to Amos, a high-profile British politician who had been overseas aid minister, it looked set to be filled by someone equally political. But sometimes things just do not work out like that. In December, EU member states and the European Commission approved Koen Vervaeke as the Union's special representative to the African Union and head of the Commission's delegation.
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The CV1959: Born in Wilrijk, Belgium
1983: Graduates from Catholic University, Leuven (KUL)
1987: Begins working for Belgian ministry of foreign affairs
1989: Posted to embassy in Tunis
1992: Posted to embassy in Bujumbura
1995: Posted to office of permanent representative to the UN, Geneva
1999: Head of press service in ministry of foreign affairs
2002: Special envoy to the Great Lakes Region
2003: Head of Africa unit in cabinet of Javier Solana
2007: Appointed EU special representative to the African Union and head of the Commission delegation
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