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Silvio Gonzato was appointed Director for Strategic Communication, Parliamentary Affairs, Inspection, Audit, Mediator and Legal Affairs at the EEAS on 15 September 2015. He was previously director for Human Rights and Democracy. His responsibilities cover the strategic communication for the HRVP, relations with the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, the inspection of EU delegations around the world (139 delegations and offices), internal audit and the provision of legal advice to the HRVP.
In his previous capacity he was responsible for the organization and contents of all HR-related dialogues and consultations between the EU and partner countries (over 40 of them), the development of policy guidelines, and guidance to EU bilateral and multilateral delegations in matters pertaining to HR and democracy support. He was also responsible for Election Observation activities carried out by the EU, cooperation with international and regional organizations in matters pertaining to electoral observation and democracy support.
Previous to his appointment in the EEAS, Mr. Gonzato was Head of the Secretariat of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Mr Brok, where his responsibilities covered among others, advice to the chair regarding the organization of the activities of the committee, contacts with other EU Institutions, with the European External Action Service and with diplomatic missions in Brussels.
His career at the European Parliament started in 1988. During these 26 years, Mr. Gonzato spent most of his career working in different committee secretariats, covering both internal and external policies, including as interim Head of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He has also covered, in particular, the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement strategy.