Pierre Vimont

Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe

Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.

Pierre Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.

From March 2016 to January 2017, Vimont served as the special envoy for the French initiative for a Middle East Peace Conference. Previously, he had been nominated the personal envoy of the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to lead preparations for the Valletta Conference between EU and African countries to tackle the causes of illegal migration and combat human smuggling and trafficking.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Vimont was the first executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service (EEAS), from December 2010 to March 2015. During his thirty-eight-year diplomatic career with the French foreign service, he served as ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2010, ambassador to the European Union from 1999 to 2002, and chief of staff to three former French foreign ministers. He holds the title, Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life to only a few French career diplomats.

Vimont speaks French, English, and Spanish and is a knight of the French National Order of Merit. He holds a degree in law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the National School of Administration (ENA).

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  • Brexit Talks: Only the  Beginning
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Brexit Talks: Only the Beginning

    Closing this round of Brexit talks requires concessions from either the UK or the EU that neither side can politically afford without first demonstrating that no other solution is possible.

  • Macron Goes to Washington
    • Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Macron Goes to Washington

    The French president has his work cut out in persuading Trump to appreciate the benefits of multilateralism and the transatlantic relationship.

  • Can Merkel and Macron Deliver a Franco-German Plan for Europe?
    • Friday, September 15, 2017

    Can Merkel and Macron Deliver a Franco-German Plan for Europe?

    Berlin and Paris need to quickly assess whether they share a common vision for Europe and its place in the new world order.

  • France Teeters Between Total Collapse and Renewed Influence
    • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    France Teeters Between Total Collapse and Renewed Influence

    Voters in France should seize the upcoming presidential election as an opportunity to halt the country’s twenty-year economic decline and enact long-overdue reforms.

  • Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis

    Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.

  • An EU Special Envoy for Ukraine?
    • Thursday, May 21, 2015

    An EU Special Envoy for Ukraine?

    As EU leaders gather for a summit in Riga to discuss the union’s Eastern neighborhood, they should consider appointing a special representative for Ukraine.

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