The role of the EU delegation

The Delegation of the European Union in Freetown is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world.

Delegations of the European Union's External Service, although hierarchically a part of the European Commission, in practice serve the European Union interests as a whole, in so far as they are concerned with:

  • presenting, explaining and implementing the European Union policies;
  • analysing and reporting on the policies and developments of the countries to which they are accredited; and
  • conducting negotiations in accordance with a given mandate.

Delegations are also involved in the conduct of the common foreign and security policy (CFSP), providing regular political analysis, conducting evaluations jointly with Member State embassies and contributing to the policy-making process.

In African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries such as Sierra Leone, EU Delegations also play a key role in the implementation of the European Union's external assistance. EU Delegations are involved in programming the European Union's development cooperation and manage projects directly from start to finish, in close contact with the EuropeAid Co-Operation Office and host country authorities. They also take the lead in on-the-spot co-ordination of the implementation of all EU assistance, multilateral and bilateral, to increase synergy between Member States.

In Sierra Leone, the European Union cooperation programme covers a range of target areas such as infrastructure, governance, macro-economic support and rural development. The EU cooperation programme in Sierra Leone is presented in the Country Strategy Paper for Sierra Leone  which has been developed with the national authorities. The European Union Delegation in Freetown manages cooperation projects developed in the framework of the Country Strategy Paper.