Ambassador Forum on “The European Union Today” at FDU

Teaneck, N.J. (April 4, 2012)—H.E. Ambassador Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nation, will be the guest honor for the Ambassador Forum on, “The European Union Today,” on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus as part of FDU’s United Nations Pathway Program.

The U.N. Pathways Ambassador Forum is a discussion between Ambassador Ahmad Kamal of the Ambassador’s Club at the U.N. and Vrailas. 

Vrailis became Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in July 2011. His first assignment was the Department of European Community affairs, dealing with relations between the European Community and the Mediterranean countries. He was second to the Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Commission during the Greek Presidency in 1988 as national representative in the Mediterranean Working Group. 

From 1989 to 1991, Vrailas was the assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards, he moved to the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN, where he covered mainly Security Council issues and was the Mission’s coordinator during the Greek Presidency in 1994.

From 1996 to 1999, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Greece in Tehran. Upon his return to Athens, he was appointed European Correspondent, a position, which he held until January 2004, including during the Greek Presidency in the first semester of 2003.

Vrailas continued to cover the Common Foreign and Security policy and the European Security and Defense policy affairs in Brussels from 2004 to 2008, where he was Deputy Representative to the Political and Security Committee, as well as Representative to the Political-Military Group. Subsequently, he was appointed Chief Coordinator of the Greek Permanent Representation to the European Union for external relations and all other COREPER II issues from 2008 until 2009.

In August 2009, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, until July 2011.

The opportunity to hear Vrailas is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Office of Global Learning sponsors the UN Pathways Events. For additional information, contact FDU’s office of Global Learning at (973) 443-8876. The program will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 1000 River Road, Teaneck, N.J.

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