European Commission Refuses to Confirm Vlahutin’s New Job

In an interview with Top Channel on September 1, former EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin confirmed that she will continue to work with the European Commission, claiming that she “will work with the General Secretary,” presumably of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the diplomatic arm of the European Commission.

Sources of Exit in Brussels confirmed that Vlahutin will return in Brussels to a specially created position, advising the EEAS on issues pertaining to China and Iran, issues for which Vlahutin has no previous experience. It is, moreover, curious that the European Commission would want to retain a diplomat about whom a Parliamentary Commission in Croatia concluded that she had violated the law on asset declaration.

Exit reached out to European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijančič, who refused to deny or confirm the news of Vlahutin’s return to Brussels, declaring: “Ambassador Vlahutin has completed her four year mandate as the Head of Delegation in Albania and is part of the regular rotation.”