The EU High Representative, Baroness Ashton, today appointed former MEP, Stavros Lambrinidis, as the new EU Special Representative for Human Rights – a newly created position with the full backing of the European Parliament.
Edward McMillan Scott (Lib Dem, UK), European Parliament Vice President responsible for Human Rights and Democracy welcomed the appointment:
“Stavros is an old friend and colleague and a former Vice-President of Parliament himself as well as, latterly, foreign minister for Greece. As a lawyer he will bring discipline and rigour to the new Human Rights and democracy strategy and action plan adopted by EU foreign ministers on 25th June.”
“Furthermore, as a former MEP, he will understand that the public expects the European Union to do more in this field. The latest Eurobarometer survey of 25,000 citizens shows that the highest appetite for EU action lies in the field of Human Rights and Democracy.”