London, 6 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Britain has granted full diplomatic status to the European Union’s ambassador, Joao Vale de Almeida, after a row over his position following Brexit.
Media had reported that Britain was initially refusing to grant him full diplomatic status, and instead wanted to treat the official as a representative of an international body.
The EU insisted he must receive diplomatic status, arguing that it was standard practice to grant such treatment to the bloc even though it is not a sovereign country.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Vice President of the EU Commission Josep Borrell met at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London on Wednesday.
In a joint statement, Raab and Borrell said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement together, based on goodwill and pragmatism, on an Establishment Agreement for the EU delegation to the UK.
“The EU ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states.
“EU delegation staff will have the privileges and immunities needed to function effectively, while allowing for effective administration of justice, and we look forward to moving ahead and tackling global challenges together.”