Pierre Vimont

Executive Secretary General, European External Action Service

Pierre Vimont is the Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), since December 2010, when the EEAS began operation.

Prior to that, Mr. Vimont was the Ambassador of France to the United States from August 1, 2007. Between 2002 and 2007, Pierre Vimont was chief of staff to the minister of Foreign Affairs. He was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the European Union from 1999 to 2002.

Mr. Vimont joined the French Foreign Service in 1977. He was first posted to London where he was first secretary from 1978 to 1981. He then spent the next four years with the Press and Information Office at the Quai d’Orsay. From 1985 to 1986 he was seconded to the Institute for East-West Security in New York. Returning to Europe, he served as second counselor with the Permanent Representation of France to the European Communities in Brussels (1986-1990), and was subsequently chief of staff to the minister delegate for European affairs from 1990 to 1993. He went on to serve as director for development and scientific, technical and educational cooperation and then for cultural, scientific and technical relations. He was deputy director general of the entire Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations Department from 1996 to 1997 and then director of European Cooperation from 1997 to 1999.

Born in 1949, Pierre Vimont holds a degree in law and is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (Paris) and the National School of Administration (ENA).

... new EU embassies lack the expertise in the field of culture and given the budget cuts in all Member States it is important to confront this challenge together.

foreign policy is about trying to project the European model, its values, its principles, to the outside world. But at the moment, the European model is not as fascinating and as attractive as it may have been a few years ago. We have to be aware of this and take it into account when we try to promote our European system.

We have to be in a listening mode: it is about dialogue, about listening to what the others have to say, about cooperating in the best way possible. These are the values and principles that we put forward.