n mid-May, Catherine Ashton, the European Union's high representative for foreign and security policy, announced the appointment of 17 heads of delegation as members of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
At the same time she announced that “further selection procedures are ongoing” for another eight heads of delegation and four senior posts at the EEAS headquarters in Brussels.
Those “ongoing” procedures have so far produced two delegation heads (Herman Portocarero for Cuba, and Joseph Silva for Djibouti) and in Brussels the managing director for Europe and central Asia, who is now Luis Felipe Fernández de la Peña.
Two appointments of heads of delegation – to Nigeria and Paraguay – have been cancelled for undisclosed reasons, with the current occupants of the posts (David MacRae and Eduardo Lechuga respectively) having their stays prolonged for another year.
Meanwhile the delegations in Fiji, Iceland, Morocco, and Uruguay are continuing under old or stop-gap leadership.
The selection of directors for multilateral affairs and global issues, and for conflict prevention and security policy, and the post of special envoy for disarmament and non-proliferation, is not so much ongoing as going on and on...