His Excellency Mr. Vincent Guérend, Ambassador of France, presented his Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
The ceremony was conducted in full compliance with Covid-19 public health guidelines, including physical distance requirements.
Ambassador’s Bio in Brief
His Excellency Mr. Vincent Guérend was appointed Ambassador of France to Ireland by the President of the Republic on September 23, 2020. His professional career has led him to occupy various positions in connection with European affairs and relations with Asia. He spent twelve years in the European institutions (European Commission and European External Action Service, EEAS).
Vincent Guérend served as Director of the Cabinet of Ms. Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Ms. Benita Ferrero of Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations. Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darusalaam (20015-2019), he was first advisor to Bernard Emié, French ambassador to Turkey and second advisor to Mr. Benard de Montferrand, French ambassador to India.
Vincent Guérend was the first holder of the post of Deputy Secretary General for Franco-German Cooperation, stationed at auswärtiges Amt in Berlin, and adviser to German Minister of State for Europe Hans-Martin Bury. He was an editor in the European Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, successively in charge of the internal market and the establishment of the euro, the negotiation of the 2000-2006 financial framework, and the negotiation of the Treaty of Nice during the French Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2000.
Vincent Guérend carried out his national service as a candidate then a second lieutenant in the Army.
A former student of the ENA (national school of administration, March Bloch promotion, 1997), he graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Lyon Management School. He holds a Diplom-Kaufmann (MBA) from the wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung Otto-Beisheim Hochschule, Koblenz.
He is married to Mme Emmauelle Rosset-Guérend and father of four children.
Mr. Thomas Byrne, T.D., Minister of State Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for EU Affairs, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Art O’Leary, Secretary General to the President; and Mr. Niall Burgess, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs.