Federica Mogherini: The Next EU Foreign Affairs Chief

Elaine Panter

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ms. Federica Mogherini, Italian Foreign Minister, is the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission


On August 30, 2014, the European Council, with the agreement of Jean-Claude Juncker, the newly appointed President of the European Commission, elected Federica Mogherini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. Ms. Mogherini’s term will begin on November 1, 2014 and will last 5 years.


Ms. Mogherini’s appointment to one of EU’s three top jobs came after initial opposition in July from the eastern European and Baltic states who believed her to be “too soft” on Russia. Attitudes shifted, however, at the end of August and, following her appointment, Mr. Van Rompuy, the current council president, stated that EU leaders were convinced that Ms. Mogherini, “will prove a skilful and steadfast negotiator for Europe’s place in the world”.


The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum congratulates Ms. Mogherini for this important achievement, a further indication of Italy’s long-standing tradition of commitment to the European Union.  Members of the Forum, together with members of the Washington-based association Italians in DC, had a chance to first meet with Ms. Mogherini on December 4, 2013 when she visited Washington as head of the Italian delegation to the parliamentary assembly of NATO. During an informal meeting, she openly discussed issues related to Italy’s foreign policy in the Middle East and Italy’s role within NATO.


Soon after her appointment as Italian Foreign Minister in February 2014, Ms. Mogherini returned to Washington DC for an official meeting with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and requested a meeting with the Italian Ambassador to the US, Claudio Bisogniero, and with members of the Forum and of Italians in DC to listen to the voices and aspirations of Italian scholars and young professionals living in the United States.


The Forum wishes Ms. Mogherini a successful term as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and looks forward to welcoming her on her next visit to Washington.