The Slovenia Times

Time to Get an EU Ambassador Post


He said he had spoken to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton about the issue, but that only when Slovenia gets its own ambassador this will count for something.

The minister expects that Ashton will decide in a few months on naming the EU's envoy to Kosovo, the post for which Slovenian Ambassador to Germany Mitja Drobnic is said to have good chances.

However, Zbogar said he no longer dared to be optimistic after so many disappointments in the last year, but said he would rather be "more of a realist and be happy when it happens".

Zbogar noted that Slovenia was nevertheless relatively strongly represented in the European External Action Service that has roughly one diplomat per one million EU citizens.

Slovenia with roughly two million people has five diplomats in places linked to the country's priorities.

Ashton attempted to allay on 8 July the growing frustrations in Slovenia over the failure of the country's candidates to be appointed to head one of the EU's foreign missions, reassuring it through her spokesperson Maja Kocijancic that Slovenian diplomats would eventually be selected, claiming it took time to achieve the desired geographic representation.


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