The Role of the EU Delegation

Why an EU Delegation?

The EU Office in Yangon, Myanmar, is the diplomatic presence of the EU. The European Union maintains a network of over 130 diplomatic missions around the world. They are called EU Delegations (not: Embassies).

What does the EU Delegation do?

  • It promotes relations between Myanmar and the EU, by maintaining contacts with Government and the administration, and with political and economic actors in Myanmar,
  • It increases awareness about the EU, its institutions, programmes and policies, among interested parties in Myanmar,
  • It oversees the implementation of the EU's extensive assistance programme in Myanmar.

Founding the Delegation

The Office of the European Union in Myanmar was inaugurated on 28 April 2012, by Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in the presence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Chief Minister of Yangon Region, U Myint Swe.  In her opening remarks Lady Ashton stressed that the EU Office demonstrated the commitment of the European Union to accompanying Myanmar on its journey of reform.

HR/VP Catherine Ashton is giving speech while inaugurating the Office of the European Union in Myanma with (from left to right) Aung San Suu Kyi, U Myint Swe, chief minister for the Yangon region, and Mr. Andreas List, Head of the EU Office in Myanmar (far right) participating at the ceremony
HR/VP Catherine Ashton is giving speech while inaugurating the Office of the European Union in Myanma with (from left to right) Aung San Suu Kyi, U Myint Swe, chief minister for the Yangon region, and Mr. Andreas List, Head of the EU Office in Myanmar (far right) participating at the ceremony
Aung San Suu Kyi, Catherine Ashton and U Myint Swe, chief minister for the Yangon region, cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the new office of the EU Office in Myanmar (from left to right).
Aung San Suu Kyi, Catherine Ashton and U Myint Swe, chief minister for the Yangon region, cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the new office of the EU Office in Myanmar (from left to right).