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On 2 December, just my second day in office as High Representative and Vice President, I was among those who gathered in Paris to pay homage to the thirteen French soldiers who lost their lives in Mali on 25 November during an operation against jihadists.

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Thank you for inviting me, I am very happy to participate in your work. It is true, it is my second day in office. Yesterday was the first one. I had the opportunity to participate in the opening of the Climate Change Conference the COP 25 in Madrid, immediately after I went to Paris for the mourning of the French soldiers killed in Mali. This is my third activity. As you can see, it is a varied menu.

Josep Borrell Fontelles will chair the Foreign Affairs Council for the first time since he was appointed the new EU High Representative.

Today marks the first day of United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP25, taking place in Madrid until 13 December. It is also one of the first activities for Josep Borrell in his role as EU High Representative.

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I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

On 1 December, Josep Borrell assumed the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

Since 1st December 2019 Josep Borrell Fontelles from Spain has assumed the role of EU High Representative/Vice President. As the EU's chief diplomat he is charged with shaping and carrying out the EU's foreign, security and defence policies.

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