The Role of the Delegation
The Manila Delegation is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and has the task to officially represent the European Union in the country. It plays an essential part in its political, economic and commercial relations with the country and provides information on the policies and institutions of the EU.
The Delegation plays a crucial role in supervising the implementation of EU co-operation programmes in the Philippines a role that is steadily increasing in line with the deconcentration of co-operation activities from Headquarters to Delegations foreseen in the reform of the management of the EU's external assistance. There are 140 Delegations and offices around the globe plus five centers of international organizations (OECD, OSCE, UN,WTO) that serve EU interests as a whole.
The Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, serving as a venue for meetings and press conferences that involve the EU as a whole, acting as the contact point for joint cultural initiatives, and offering the Member States resources for specific information such as EU market access to the Philippines. The Head of the Delegation is formally accredited as the official representative of the European Union to the Government of the Philippines and is referred to as His Excellency, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.