He will replace the Estonian diplomat Matti Maasikas at the post in Kyiv. “I consider the appointment to the post of ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine as a sign of confidence in my person and my knowledge of Ukraine, reform processes and issues of Union enlargement. I believe that as someone who comes from a smaller member state, I can very sensitively perceive the needs of taking into account the interests and attitudes of various member countries towards Ukraine,” the Slovak TASR agency quotes Mathernova as saying.
Within the European Commission, Mathernová is the executive director of the support group for Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded her the Order of Merit last year.
Between 2005 and 2010 and also in 2015, Mathernová worked at the Directorate General of the European Commission for Regional and Urban Policy. Between 2010 and 2014, she held the position of Senior Advisor at the World Bank in Washington. She was primarily responsible for high-level contacts between the World Bank and the European Commission.
Slovakia already has one head of the European Union delegation, who is career diplomat Peter Michalko. He has been working in Azerbaijan since October 2021. Before that, he was the head of the EU delegation in Moldova for four years.
The European Union has around 140 delegations around the world. Diplomats are selected and appointed by the European External Action Service, chaired by Josep Borrell.
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