The Common Market Council officially appointed Ambassador Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães to hold the position of High General Representative of the Mercosur. Ambassador Pinheiro Guimarães was Minister of the Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (SAE) of the Presidency of the Republic and Secretary-General of Itamaraty. The position was created in the Foz do Iguaçu Summit, on 16 December 2010.
The High General Representative of Mercosur will be in charge of political articulation, formulation of policies and representation of common positions within the bloc. He will act in areas such as health, education, culture and promotion of Mercosur. He will also coordinate the implementation of the goals provided for in the Action Plan for a Citizenship Statute of Mercosur, approved in Foz do Iguaçu on 16 December 2010.
The High General Representative of Mercosur will have a three-year tenure, to be renewed once for the same period.