Didier Reynders bestowed European diplomat Pierre Vimont with Order of Leopold #reynders #eeas #ec

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On March 5th, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders today bestowed Mr Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), with the decoration of Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold. This award honors the international and European career of this great servant of the state at the service of the common good, peace and security.

By appointing Pierre Vimont as Secretary General of the new “European diplomatic service” in 2009, the High Representative chose a person deemed by his colleagues as “the best diplomat at the Quai d’Orsay.” For Belgium, the effective establishment of the EEAS was a foreign policy priority, particularly during the Belgian Presidency of the EU in 2010. Pierre Vimont played a crucial role in both the political and strategic steering of European foreign policy and the daily operation of the new external service. He helped realize the diplomatic success of High Representative Ashton in the second part of her mandate. Pierre Vimont did so while showing respect for all Member States, regardless of their size or power.

Through this award, Didier Reynders not only pays tribute to the achievements but also to the person of Pierre Vimont: a man characterized by his respect for others, a sense of concrete action and superior work ethic.

For Didier Reynders, Pierre Vimont is a connoisseur and friend of Belgium. This is the third time that the French diplomat works and lives in Brussels.

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