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Citadel News Service
2 Feb 2011

European Union ambassador to U.S. coming to The Citadel

The John C. West Lecture Series at The Citadel will welcome European Union Ambassador João Vale de Almeida to campus on Feb. 10.

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João Vale de Almeida

The ambassador will discuss trans-Atlantic relations at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 in Bond Hall Room 165. The event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Vale de Almeida is the first EU Ambassador to the United States since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force on Dec. 1, 2009. In this capacity, he represents European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, under the authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. The Lisbon Treaty enhances the EU's capacity to operate more effectively and act more cohesively in matters of foreign affairs and security.

Ambassador Vale de Almeida is a Portuguese national. As director general for external relations, he served in the European Commission as the most senior official under the authority of High Representative Ashton. He helped formulate and execute the EU's foreign policy and played a key role in creating the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. From 2004 to 2009, he was European Commission President Barroso's chief of staff and his personal G8/G20 representative.

The ambassador’s visit is made possible by Don Fowler, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee who now serves as the John C. West Professor of Government and International Relations at The Citadel. The John C. West Professorship is endowed by former S.C. Gov. John C. West, a 1942 Citadel graduate, and by The Citadel Foundation.

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