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Danish senior diplomat becomes new Head of the Council of Europe's Office in Kyiv

05.02.2021  17:16
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has appointed the Danish senior diplomat, Steen Nørlov, as the new Head of the organization's Office in Kyiv from 1 March 2021.

The office in Kyiv is the Council of Europe's largest and most important country office with more than 60 employees providing important support to Ukraine's reform efforts in the field of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Ukraine is a very important partner for Denmark, just as the Council of Europe with its 47 member states is a very significant multilateral organization in Denmark’s foreign relations. 

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod states:
"The Council of Europe is carrying out some very important tasks in Ukraine. I am proud of Danish diplomacy being able to put forward such a strong candidate as Steen Nørlov to lead the organization's office in Kyiv. This is in line with Denmark's already significant engagement in Ukraine. I wish Steen good luck in his new position”.

The appointment of Steen Nørlov means that another Dane joins the ranks of international management positions in Kyiv including Henrik Villadsen, head of the OSCE's field mission and country office in Ukraine, and Allan Pagh Kristensen, head of the EU’s anti-corruption program.

Steen Nørlov has 25 years of experience in multilateral and bilateral diplomacy and is currently head of the Danish Assistance Project Office in Beirut. Steen also headed the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' unit for analyses, served as deputy head at the Danish embassy in Moscow as well as working for Danish Refugee Council in Serbia, as adviser to SRSG Hækkerup in Kosovo and the OSCE Assistance Group in Chechnya.

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