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New Head of EU Monitoring Mission Georgia Appointed

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On February 11, the Council of the European Union appointed Marek Szczygieł as the new Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Georgia.

Marek Szczygieł, 50, a long serving Polish diplomat is currently ambassador for emerging security challenges and Co-ordinator for International Cyber Policy in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, in 2011-2015 he served as Polish Ambassador to Bucharest. Earlier, Szczygieł served as Deputy Head of Polish Mission to OSCE and UN Office in Vienna.

Szczygieł’s mandate as head of EUMM Georgia will run from 15 March until 14 December 2020. He succeeds Danish diplomat Erik Høeg, who served on the post for two years until mid-December 2019.

Since 1st January 2020, Kate Fearon has served as the Acting Head of the Mission.

The EUMM is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission deployed by the EU member states to Georgia to contribute to the stabilisation of the situation on the ground following 2008 Russo-Georgian war, that resulted in Russian occupation of two Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia.

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