Following a meeting in Paris of the international council overseeing the peace process in Bosnia, the French Foreign Ministry said Schwarz-Schilling is to take up his new functions "in a few weeks."
He will succeed Britain's Paddy Ashdown.
Schwarz-Schilling has been acting as an international mediator in the Balkans since 1995.
Meet The Newsmakers
As part of its coverage of the 10th annversary of the Dayton Accord, RFE/RL spoke with Christian Schwarz-Schilling, who served as an international mediator in Bosnia-Herzegovina for nearly a decade and is now Germany's candidate to succeed Britain's Paddy Ashdown as the international community's and EU's high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
RFE/RL also spoke with Wolfgang Petritsch, the international community's high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2002.