Delegation of the European Union to China

About the EU Delegation in China

11/05/2016 - 15:52
About us - structure and organisation

The Delegation of the European Union to China — what it does, what it hopes to achieve and its staff.

The European Union is represented in China by the Delegation in Beijing. The Delegation was established in Beijing in October 1988.

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 union of 28 countries who have decided to advance their integration in the interest of prosperity, stability and peace. The EU is a major global actor, the world's number one trade block, the biggest donor of development and humanitarian aid and a major high-tech and innovation hub.

Since the establishment of EU-China relations in 1975, our partnership 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.

2018 has been designated the EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY). The ECTY aims at increasing tourism flows between the EU and China, improving travel and tourism experiences, promoting lesser-known destinations and stimulating investment opportunities for EU and Chinese companies in the tourism sector. The EU-China Tourism Year should also help to create momentum for making progress on EU-China visa facilitation and air connectivity.

In 2018 we also celebrate 15 years of the EU-China Strategic Partnership through which together we engage in more than 60 sectoral dialogues. We aim to further enhance cooperation on issues already well established – trade, urbanisation, water, energy, food security, the environment, cyber security, migration, security and defence – and discuss how cooperation can develop, also into new areas such as connectivity and maritime issues. We will also continue to work together on combating climate change, maintaining global peace, conflict prevention, fighting piracy, and promoting non-proliferation. We have, together, committed to the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change at the 19th EU-China Summit, moving forward with our global partnership.

The EU and China share one of the world's largest trading relationships. Together we engage in over 1.4 billion euro worth of trade every day. It is important that the EU and China continue strengthening their cooperation to ensure an open multilateral trading system, a level playing field for our companies, a robust financial architecture, and a better-balanced and sustainable growth model. The conclusion of negotiations on an EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, providing for investment protection and wider market access, would give a major boost to our economic relations.

We will continue to engage with the Chinese government and civil society with the aim of promoting universal human rights norms and obligations, while also continuing to make efforts to improve the quality and format of our Human Rights Dialogue. The EU and China's work on the promotion of Rule of Law through cooperation projects and dialogue is very important in further strengthening our strategic partnership. We are looking forward to a dialogue with China also on these issues.

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. To do so, we launched the #ExperienceEurope campaign in 2017, a two-year information campaign aimed at a Chinese audience, giving new perspectives and insights on the EU, its culture, peoples and values.

I would like to invite all of you to work with us to continue to deepen our relationship, based on openness, transparency and reciprocity. As EU Ambassador to China, 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. 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 
    Jerome PONS
  • 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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