Delegation of the European Union to China

About the EU Delegation in China

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

The Delegation of the European Union to China (Delegation) represents all the institutions of the European Union.

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 countries that aims to promote peace and human development. It was founded on values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.

The 27 Member States delegate some critical national competencies on the EU to project solidarity and influence internally and externally. Since the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1958, the EU has delivered more than half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, helped to raise living standards and launched a single European currency: the Euro. Today the EU is not only one of the three top world economies; it is also the world’s largest international aid donor.

The Delegation was established in Beijing in October 1988 and has full diplomatic privileges and immunities with the Head of Delegation accorded ambassadorial status.

The Delegation is responsible for conducting 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. However, it does not deal with trade promotion, consular matters or other issues that have traditionally been handled by the Member States’ embassies, consulates, trade agencies 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.

 

i. Message from the Ambassador

 

Dear visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to China.

This website is a starting point for your journey in learning about the EU and the EU-China relations.

The history of EU-China relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in May 1975 shows manifest deliverables. The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and the EU-China Law School in Beijing are flagships of higher education in global norms; the cooperation on intellectual property protection has delivered benefits to businesses facing rights infringement; the present projects on Climate Change, Environment, Biodiversity and Energy show joint leadership in these existential issues. Science and technology cooperation has reached unprecedented levels. Trade and investment flows have brought productivity gains, economies of scale, and impressive growth for our businesses on both sides.

In March 2019, the EU set an ambitious agenda of partnership with China, while seeking to minimize the negative impact of systemic differences and aiming at new agreements in multiple areas, including where we face competition. On sensitive issues, we conduct different forms of dialogues, keeping channels of communication open.

EU-China relations are an essential component of the rules-based international order. The EU will continue to engage in building trust and fostering meaningful convergence in multiple fields with China, as well as in promoting people-to-people relationships, without which EU-China cooperation would not be sustainable.

Our team of European diplomats and experts at the EU Delegation to China is engaged in constant negotiations, consultations and outreach activities across China. We represent all European institutions and agencies under the authority of the European Council and the European Commission, and the supervision of the European Parliament. As part of the European External Action Service, our mission is to further European values and interests in the framework of our China strategic partnership with the support of our 27 Member States.

Collectively, we hoist the European flag, whose circle of twelve golden stars is the symbol of our ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony. We intend to spare no effort in order to sustain a stable, rules-based, prosperous and peaceful world order, embodied by the United Nations Charter (link is external) and grounded on universal human rights norms and obligations (link is external). Mutual trust, openness, transparency and reciprocity are the building blocks of a mature relationship between the European Union and China.

If you wish to obtain updated information on our activities in China, I invite you to visit our website frequently, as well as to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Weibo. If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your feedback will be most welcome.

 

Nicolas Chapuis

Ambassador of the European Union to China

 

ii. Ambassador's resume

 

Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis is a diplomat of extensive experience, in particular in China. With an educational background in Sinology and his life-long dedication to understanding Chinese language and culture, Ambassador Chapuis embodies the European spirit of openness and EU's efforts to dialogue with China.

Ambassador Chapuis started his career as a diplomat in China. Later on, he has returned several times to the country, having worked as Press Attaché, Political Counsellor, Cultural Counsellor, General Consul in Shanghai, and Deputy Head of Mission.

His duties with the French diplomatic service took him also to Singapore, the UK, Mongolia, and Canada.

Ambassador Chapuis is also a translator and essay writer.

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Organisational structure of the Delegation:

Organisational structure of the Delegation:

 

Head of Delegation

Nicolas CHAPUIS

 

Deputy Head of Delegation

Tim HARRINGTON

 

Head of Political Affairs, Press & Information

Maria LINDER

 

Trade & Investment

Eva VALLE-LAGARES

 

Economic & Financial Affairs

Giovanni GARCEA

 

Environment, Climate, Energy, Maritime and Fisheries and Transport

Sébastien PAQUOT

 

Research & Innovation

(to be updated)

 

Digital Policies

Gabriele BERTOLLI

 

International Development Cooperation

(to be updated)

 

Administration Section

Eric VAN HEMELRYCK

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