BRUSSELS, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida will be the head of the European Union delegation in the United Kingdom from February 1, the first day in which London will already be outside the community block, as reported by the European Service of External Action (EEAS).
Vale de Almeida, appointed directly by the high representative of Common Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, was from 2015 and until last year ambassador of the community bloc to the United Nations. He had previously served the EU as ambassador to the United States, a position he held between 2010 and 2014.
The United Kingdom finalized this week the official procedures to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with Brussels and the European Parliament will vote on January 29. Once the divorce agreement is approved by the European Chamber, London may formally leave the club on January 31.
Although community sources recognize that this step will not bring many changes “in practice” for citizens and businesses –because the transition period agreed between both parties begins–, they do indicate that it will involve “institutional” changes, such as the opening of the European delegation in a country that will already be seen as “third” party.