Press Release 80/2013
4 April 2013
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Pirkka Tapiola Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova. Tapiola will assume his new position at the beginning of September 2013.
Pirkka Tapiola has been holding leading advisory positions in Brussels since 2004, first in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and, from the beginning of 2011, in the newly established European External Action Service. During his diplomatic career, which began in 1994, he served in Finnish Embassies in Bangkok and Kiev and in the OSCE Mission to Latvia. EU’s external relations with Eastern Europe are Pirkka Tapiola’s area of specialisation.
This is the first time a Finn has been appointed Head of the EU Delegation after the European External Action Service (EEAS) began its operation.
Additional information: Henrik Ruso, Senior Specialist, Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union, tel. +32 47 575 3031