The Senate’s Plenary approved on Wednesday (8) the nomination of Vera Lúcia Barrouin Crivano Machado as head of the Brazilian diplomatic mission to the European Union. The nomination of Lígia Maria Scherer as ambassador of Brazil to the Republic of Mozambique, to Kingdom of Swaziland and to Republic of Madagascar was also approved. Both nominations were approved in July at the Committee on External Relations and National Defense.
Vera Lúcia Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro and, since 1988, she is first class minister in the diplomatic career of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2001, she joined the special framework of the career. In the last years, she was, among other offices, ambassador to Nepal, to Falkland Islands, to Sri Lanka, and to Vatican. Nowadays she is subsecretary-General of Politics I of the ministry.
Born in Curitiba, Lígia Maria Scherer is also first class minister in the diplomatic career of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she worked as first secretary and councilor in many embassies such as Tokyo, Washington, Tel Aviv, Dili and in the mission with the European Economic Community.
The nominations for ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions are an exclusive competence of the Brazilian Federal Senate, according to the Brazilian Federal Constitution. The propositions must be analyzed and voted by the Committee on External Relation and by the Plenary, in secret voting.