The Council of the European Union appointed on 25 July Stavros Lambrinidis as the EU Special Representative for Human Rights. He was appointed with an initial mandate until 30 June 2014.
Lambrinidis will work closely with the European External Action Service and will be in charge of enhancing the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton stressed that human rights are one of EU's top priorities “and a silver thread that runs through everything that we do in external relations”.
Lambrinidis served as a minister of foreign affairs of Greece and a Vice-President of the European Parliament. Between 2004 and 2009 he was the Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee vice-chairman. His appointment, as the EU's first thematic special representative, stems from the EU's Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, adopted on 25 June.