On 5 September, the European Commission appointed Elmar Brok, former member of the European Parliament, as Special Adviser to President Jean-Claude Juncker on relations with Ukraine.
The decision takes effect immediately and the position is not remunerated. Mr Brok will advise the President on strategy and priorities in relations with Ukraine in the aftermath of the country's presidential and parliamentary elections earlier this year.
With nearly 15 years of experience as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in the European Parliament, Brok will be instrumental in forging links with the new government and identifying the new administration's priorities and preferences regarding relations with the EU.
To carry out his tasks, Brok will co-operate with the respective EU members dealing with Ukraine. Elmar Brok is one of the longest-serving members of the European Parliament, having first been elected into the institution in 1980. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of high-level assignments. In the foreign policy field, he also served as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Working Group of the European People's Party (EPP) (1994-1999), Rapporteur in Chief of the European Parliament for the EU Enlargement (1999-2007), Foreign Policy Spokesman of the EPP Group (2009-2012), and European Parliament negotiator for the establishment of the European External Action.
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