High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (1999-2009)
"My mandate as EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy came to an end on 30 November 2009. I want to thank everybody for the interest, support and dedication with which they have followed our activities over the past decade.
We can be justly proud of our achievements. In ten years, Europe has become a global player whose voice is heard on every continent. We have developed a foreign policy, with the crisis-management structures and tools to underpin it. The European Union is working hard across the world to make a difference to people's lives where its missions are deployed.
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, we must continue our engagement in foreign policy and further develop what we have begun."