Born: 11 March 1965
Education: Degree in Law at L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, Italy
Languages: Italian (mother tongue), English, French (fluent)
Since September 2018, Luigi Soreca is EU Ambassador, Head of the European Delegation to Albania.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Soreca was Director for Security in DG HOME of the European Commission, where he oversaw the definition of the EU policies in the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, organised crime, drug trafficking, corruption and cybercrime. His Directorate also coordinated the EU support for law enforcement cooperation at European and international level, and oversaw the work of three Agencies: EUROPOL, CEPOL (police training) and EMCCDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). He was Member of the Management Board of these three Agencies.
Luigi Soreca had the privilege to coordinate, in the Juncker Commission, the services' efforts for the preparation, adoption and implementation of the European Agenda on Security in April 2015. During the terrorist events in 2015-2017 in the EU, from this position, he has coordinated the EU policy response to the attacks in terms of new legislative and policy initiatives, including the preparation and adoption of the Directives on Terrorism, Firearms and Money Laundering, the Action Plan on Firearms and Explosives and the creation of the EU Counter-Terrorism Centre at EUROPOL.
Luigi Soreca has overseen the work of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) and was the Chair of the EU Internet Forum, composed by the major social media companies and EU Member States authorities involved in tacking terrorism propaganda on-line. In the area of drugs trafficking, he was also responsible for the adoption of Directive on New Psychotic Drugs (NPS), the EU Action Plan on drugs trafficking for 2017-2020, as well as the finalisation of the MoU with Albania concerning its participation in the Justice Programme.
Luigi Soreca was the Commission representative in the G7 Senior Officials "Rome-Lyon" Group which deals with global terrorism and transnational organised crime. He also negotiated several international agreements on behalf of the EU with third countries, including with the USA on PNR and TFTP.
During the migration crisis in summer 2016, he was appointed as Special Commission Envoy to Italy for the launch of the relocation process under Council Decision 2015/1523.
From 2006 to 2013 he was the Head of "International Affairs" in DG HOME of the European Commission. From this position he had the privilege to coordinate the launch and the implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Dialogues with countries in the Western Balkans, including Albania, the Eastern Partnership and with the Russian Federation. He coordinated the preparation of the roadmaps for Visa Liberalisation focusing on achieving justice reform, the establishment of solid track record on corruption and organised crime, including drug trafficking, and the protection of human rights in the countries concerned, including Albania. Following the conclusions of the Visa Dialogue, he coordinated the launch of the post-visa liberalization mechanism to monitor the potential misuse of those countries' citizens of their freedom of movement and right of asylum into the Schengen area.
Luigi Soreca joined the European Commission in 2001. Lawyer by training, he started his career in the banking sector in Italy and then joined the Italian Ministry of Interior in 1992. During those years, he had the privilege to establish valuable contacts with the Cabinets of the Ministers of the Interior of several EU Member States, as well as to develop personal contacts with representatives of Third Countries' Home Affairs departments. He also negotiated bilateral and multilateral agreements with Third Countries on organised crime matters on behalf of the Italian Government.