European Union's top foreign affairs diplomat to speak at UCLA
By Peggy McInerny April 30, 2013 Category: Campus News
Catherine Ashton, the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, will present an inside look at the making of EU foreign policy at a free, open-to-the-public talk hosted by the UCLA International Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies.
Ashton, the first individual to hold this EU position, represents the international interests of the world's largest trading block and biggest donor of development aid. She simultaneously serves as vice president of the European Commission — the EU's executive arm — and chairs its foreign affairs council, which includes foreign ministers from all EU member states. Ashton helped create and has authority over the EU's diplomatic corps — the European External Action Service — with which she coordinates EU foreign policy and the work of EU delegations worldwide, working closely with member states.
This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, the Burkle Center for International Relations, the UCLA International Institute, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
10–11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6
California Room at the UCLA Faculty Center (map)
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BACKGROUND ON ASHTON:
Prior to becoming EU high representative, Ashton served as EU trade commissioner (2008–09) and was leader of Britain's House of Lords (2007–08). She was awarded a life peerage by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999, becoming Baroness Ashton of Upholland. Ashton's distinguished career in the U.K. has included service as a policy adviser and executive positions with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Business in the Community, the National Council for One-Parent Families and the Hertfordshire Health Authority.
Pay parking will available in Parking Structure 2 (map). Press should call media contact to arrange parking.
Liana Grancea, UCLA International Institute | 310-825-8030