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I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Afghanistan.
Its aim is to keep Afghan and European readers informed about the latest news of progress in our relations, and provide them with references to our action.
For years, the EU has been committed to contribute to peace and the socio-economic development of Afghanistan. At the beginning of 2019, the peace process is gaining momentum, opening up for new prospects for putting an an end to over 17 years of conflict.
The EU-Afghan partnership covers a broad agenda ranging from peace and security to democracy and human rights. Advocacy in favor of women's economic empowerment and increased influence over the peace process, as well as children's rights is prominent in this context. The EU is also willing to increase its involvement in the economic and trade field, thus encouraging job creation and economic growth in Afghanistan.
In order to maximize the impact of these policies, the European Union will continue to design and conduct them in close consultation with EU Member States, like-minded countries and international institutions, together with all Afghan partners from the State institutions, the civil society and the private sector.
As a way to multiply the impact of its actions, the EU has also appointed Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Roland Kobia, from 1 September 2017, based in Brussels. The EU Delegation and the Special Envoy will closely interact in order to contribute jointly in making the EU's engagement more effectively beneficial to the people of Afghanistan.
Ambassador and Head of Delegation
Ambassador and Head of Delegation
Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon
Deputy Head of the EU Delegation
Mr Andreas Fischer-Barnicol
Head of the Political Section and Press Section
Mr Christian Joly
Head of Operations (Co-operation)
Mr Maurizio Cian
Team Leader: Economic & Regional Development
Mr Marco Stella
Team Leader: Social Development
Mr Nicholas Taylor
Team Leader: Security Sector Reform, Governance & Democracy
Dr Markus Lepine
Head of Finance & Contract
Ms Adela Rodenas-Rodriguez
Head of Administration
Mr Cetin Kara
Press and Information Officer
Ms Anna-Karin Friis
Ambassador Roland Kobia was appointed as EU Special Envoy to Afghanistan on 1 September 2017.
He has focused on peace processes, transition countries and reconciliation initiatives, regional security issues and state-building for the last 17 years. The aim of the EU Special Envoy to Afghanistan is to lead and coordinate EU's efforts related to the peace, stabilisation and reconciliation process in Afghanistan regionally and internationally. This means support for an inclusive and Afghan-led peace process.
Prior to his current appointment, Roland Kobia was the first resident Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar /Burma, having been the first full-term EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan in 2009-2013. Earlier on, he was the Deputy Head of Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, notably covering the regional politics and the Great Lakes conflict. He also served in Kenya as the Head of the Regional Political Section, covering political affairs, conflicts and peace processes in 12 countries of the Horn of Africa and of the African Great Lakes regions, and mediating peace agreements. Between postings, he was called by the EU Commissioner for Energy to serve as the International Affairs Advisor in his Private Office. Earlier in his career, Roland Kobia was the European Commission's negotiator for a special chapter of the accession process for countries joining the EU. He was also the Commission's negotiator for international legislation at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva and served in South Africa in late 80s during the transition out of Apartheid.
Roland Kobia has been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier for several years, and a regular lecturer in various universities and institutes. He is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences, and has published several political and legal articles in various international reviews. He holds a Master’s degree in European Politics (College of Europe, Bruges), a Master’s degree in International Nuclear Law (University of Montpellier 1) with a thesis on Non-Proliferation and a Degree in Law (UCL University). He is fluent in French, English and Italian with a fair knowledge of Dutch and Spanish.