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EU ambassador off and running

Published:Friday | January 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM
German Ambassador Josef Beck (left) meets Jorge Garzon, as Garzon's wife, EU Ambassador Paola Amadei, looks on.
Deputy British High Commissioner Graham Glover (left) jokes with CIDA's Marie Legault and the EU's Tom Millar.
Brazilian Ambassador Antonio DaCosta (left) makes a point to (from second left) Gene Leon of the International Monetary Fund; Chilean Ambassador Alfredo Garcia and Haiti Chargé D'affaires Max Alce.
Diane Servais (left) raps with Dianne Davis and Paul Mathieu. - photos by Gladstone Taylor
Chilean Ambassador Alfredo Garcia (left) greets Jorge Garzon, while his wife, new EU Ambassador Paola Amadei, looks on.
New head of the European Union delegation, Ambassador Paola Amadei, is very animated while her husband Jorge Garzon looks on.

Ambassador Paola Amadei is just getting started.

The new European Union head of delegation held a vin d'honneur on Tuesday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel to celebrate presenting her credentials to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen earlier that day. She had previously met Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson last week. Ambassador Amadei has been in Jamaica since January 2, but because of the change of government hasn't had the chance to formally start her duties. With husband Jorge Garzon at her side, she joked in a short speech that she had been on the sidelines but was ready to finally get into game.

"I am thrilled to be in Jamaica and to get to know you and to start working, officially," she said. Ambassador Amadei's orientation comes at a convenient time, as next week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts Diplomatic Week, giving her a chance to meet even more of her colleagues. We have highlights from the vin d'honneur.