Benita Ferrero-Waldner has been appointed the EU commissioner for external relations (2004–2009). Previously she was was the Austrian Foreign Minister; and about this appointment, Adar Primor, in Ha'aretz, wrote:
- During her term as foreign minister, they said in Jerusalem, she positioned Austria as one of the most pro-Israel countries in the EU, pressing over and over again for improving the uneasy relations between Europe and Israel.
- European Friends of Israel - supporter; attends EFI events
- Adar Primor, Europe won't just sign the checks, Ha'aretz, 8 February 2005.