Delegation of the European Union to China

About the EU Delegation in China

The European Union is represented in China by the Delegation in Beijing. The Delegation was established in Beijing in October 1988 and it is also accredited to Mongolia.

The Delegation has full diplomatic privileges and immunities with the Head of Delegation accorded full ambassadorial status. The Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between China and the European Union. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, particularly the one representing the EU Presidency, which changes every six months.

The Delegation is a natural point of contact between the EU and the Chinese authorities as well as others in China. It does not, however, deal with trade promotion, consular matters or other issues which have traditionally been handled by the Member State embassies, consulates or national tourism offices. The EU Delegation keeps abreast the European External Action Service, the Commission and other EU institutions on significant political, economic and other developments in China and facilitates the operation and development of bilateral co - operation agreements.

The Delegation has different sections, including Political Affairs, Press and  Information, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology, Development and Cooperation, Agricultural, Information Society, Financial, Contract and Audit, and Administration Section.

Welcome letter from the Ambassador

Dear visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to China. This website is intended as a source of information and news on the latest developments in EU-China relations, our cooperation projects, activities and contacts in China.

The EU is a unique political and economic integration of 28 countries who have decided to work together for greater prosperity, stability and peace. The EU is the world’s number one economy and integrated trade block, the biggest donor of economic aid and a major high-tech hub.

Over the past few years, our relationship with China has become closer and stronger, not just in the traditional areas of trade and investment, but increasingly by greater contacts between our two peoples through education, tourism and cultural exchanges. Continued and even closer cooperation between the European Union and China has been and will be crucial not only for China and the EU, but for the world's economic stability, growth, and security.

The EU and China share one of the world's largest trading relationships. Together we engage in over 1 billion euro worth of trade every day. It is no exaggeration to say that we have become so interdependent that neither partner can prosper without the other. The past financial crisis has only served to emphasize this point. Over the past years, Europe has made tremendous progress in strengthening the architecture of the Eurozone, taken measures at country- and EU level to ensure that public finances are put on a healthy path in the medium term when our population ages; to strengthen our banking system; and to spur potential growth in order to overcome the debt crisis. While the EU is gradually emerging from the crisis, it is too early for us to be complacent. The EU and China need to continue to work together as global partners to ensure a robust financial architecture and strive for a better balanced and sustainable growth model.

In 2013 we celebrated 10 years of EU-China Strategic Partnership. Together we engage in 60 dialogues which mean frequent and constant communication. At the 16th Summit we agreed on a long-term perspective for our strategic cooperation. We intend to build on last 10 years and look ahead to the next decade. We will further enhance cooperation on issues already well established – trade, urbanisation, water, energy, food security, cyber security, migration, security and defense – and discuss how cooperation can develop, also into new areas such as agriculture and maritime issues. Both sides are also working hard on the negotiations for an EU-China Investment Treaty to foster investments both to and from China, better matching our substantial trade flows. And the successful holding of the second High Level People to People Dialogue in Beijing on 6 September underscores the importance both China and EU attach also to fields such as culture and education.

We will continue to engage with China on human rights obligations and we will continue to make efforts to improve the quality and format of our Dialogue on Human Rights. The EU and China's work on the promotion of Rule of Law through cooperation projects and dialogue are very important in further strengthening our strategic partnership. We are looking forward to a dialogue with China also on these issues.

We will also continue to work together on maintaining global peace, conflict prevention, fighting piracy, and promoting non-proliferation. We have laid the foundations for a “Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation”, which, after yielding its first results in 2012, continues to provide new business opportunities for both European and Chinese providers of advanced urban solutions, as they cooperate in building better cities and a better future for our peoples.

There are more areas of convergence than divergence between the EU and China and we need to bring this message also to our respective peoples.

I would like to invite all of you to work with us to continue to deepen our relationship, based on openness, transparency as well as strategic support for and patience with each other. As the new Head of Delegation, it is my mission to strengthen EU relations with China. I trust that together we will be able to build on interests, ambitions and goals we have in common to our mutual benefit.

I invite you to visit our website regularly and hope you will find it useful. We look forward to your involvement and if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your feedback will be very welcome.

 

Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut

Ambassador of the European Union to China

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The European Union is represented in China by the Delegation in Beijing. The Delegation was established in Beijing in October 1988 and it is also accredited to Mongolia. The Delegation has full diplomatic privileges and immunities with the Head of Delegation accorded full ambassadorial status. The Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between China and the European Community. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, particularly the one representing the EU Presidency, which changes every six months. The Delegation is a natural point of contact between the EU and the Chinese authorities as well as others in China. It does not, however, deal with trade promotion, consular matters or other issues which have traditionally been handled by the Member State embassies, consulates or national tourism offices. The Delegation keeps the European Union abreast of significant political, economic and other developments in China and facilitates the operation and development of bilateral co - operation agreements. The Delegation has different sections, which are detailed below.

  • Head of Delegation 
    Hans Dietmar SCHWEISGUT
  • Deputy Head of Delegation 
    Chris WOOD
  • Head of Political, Press and Information Section 
    Asad BEG
  • Head of Trade and Investment Section 
    Ulrich WEIGL
  • Head of Agricultural Section 
    Jerome LEPEINTRE
  • Head of Information Society Media Section 
    Philipp BARTH
  • Head of Science, Technology and Environment Section 
    Laurent BOCHEREAU
  • Head of Economic & Finance Section 
    Peter WEISS
  • Head of Development & Cooperation Section 
    Lars GRONVALD
  • Head of Press & Information  
    William FINGLETON
  • Head of Finance, Contracts & Audit Section 
    Maria Luisa WYGANOWSKI
  • Head of Administration Section 
    Bruno DEVOS
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