Unlike local staff, diplomats rarely stay in the same place for more than a couple of years in order to prevent them from becoming part of their host country’s society and loosing their outsider’s view.
This is why the team working at the Permanent Representation of Switzerland to the Council of Europe changes every now and then. At present, Switzerland is represent in Strassburg by the following diplomats:
Ambassador Christian Meuwly
When he took office in March 2019, however, he did not find himself in uncharted waters since he had become acquainted with the Council of Europe already while he served as director of the Political Department I within the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and, in this function, had participated in many meetings in Strassburg.
After having held posts in Washington and Berne as well as representing Switzerland at the WTO, EFTA, UNCTAD and UNECE in Geneva, Marc Wey returned to Strassburg for a second term. As Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Council of Europe, Marc Wey is the number two at the Permanent Representation and in the absence of the ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires in charge of it. The Ph.D. lawyer is responsible for all political and cultural matters the Council of Europe deals with as well as for the organisation’s financial affairs and its work programme. A native of Basel, he participates in the famous carnival of his hometown as a drummer and enjoys culture in every other form.
Anna Begemann is a lawyer with the Directorate of Public International Law at the Swiss Foreign Office. In 2018 successfully applied for a posting abroad and is now enjoying a three-year stint in Strassburg.
At the Permanent Representation she is responsible for all legal matters the Council of Europe deals with and serves as liaison between the European Court of Human Rights and the Swiss Federal Office of Justice.
Photos Marc Wey © Council of Europe; Christian Meuwly © brf Nachrichten