Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

About the EU Delegation in Strasbourg

13/05/2016 - 17:15
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Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

The EU Delegation in Strasbourg is part of an extended network of more than 140 EU Delegations and Offices operating around the world. Inaugurated in January 2011, the Delegation has since served as the permanent diplomatic representation of the European Union to the Council of Europe. Our mission is to advance the interests of the Union and its 27 Member States within the Council of Europe, while joining forces with Council of Europe bodies and institutions to promote human rights, the rule of law and democracy on the European continent. Our actions and initiatives on the ground always aim to provide concrete benefits to our citizens, in line with our core values and principles.


The EU Delegation in Strasbourg pursues the following main tasks:

  • steering inter-institutional dialogue and establishing the best possible coordination between the EU and the Council of Europe
  • representing the EU in the Committee of Ministers – the Council of Europe's decision-making body – as well as in rapporteur groups, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, expert groups and various formal or informal negotiations and consultations
  • fostering EU co-ordination and common EU positions in these fora and promote co-operation with Member States in the Council of Europe framework
  • following the work of the Council of Europe in relevant areas and providing accurate and timely political reporting and analysis back to Brussels
  • supporting policy-making in Brussels in respect of Council of Europe related issues
  • enhancing the visibility and understanding of the European Union's role and policies in the areas related to the Council of Europe.


Head of EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, Ms Meglena Kuneva


Dear visitor,

Welcome to the website of the European Union Delegation to the Council of Europe.

The EU and the Council of Europe were both products of a single vision championing a unified and free Europe. Since their very beginning, the two institutions have been driven by common values. Today the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law keep representing the cornerstone of our cooperation.

In today’s volatile world, where these values are increasingly contested, our common endeavour is of primary importance. With this in mind, the EU Delegation is working to establish joint EU positions with our Member States and ensure common purpose and complementarity with the Council of Europe. Together we strive to take a leading role in setting and upholding standards that make possible the enjoyment of universal rights and the protection of our core values.

The EU is the Council of Europe’s biggest institutional partner. In addition to intense high-level political dialogue and legal cooperation, the two institutions are collaborating on numerous joint programmes funded by the EU and implemented by the Council of Europe.

By doing so we are actively supporting a rules-based multilateral system. As a big part of the world looks to the EU to champion effective multilateral solutions, we see our work here as a major part of this effort.

This site serves as a gateway to the work of the EU with the Council of Europe. Feel free to navigate and learn more about our plans and activities!

Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any queries, comments or suggestions regarding our website or our work.

Enjoy your visit!


Meglena Kuneva


Read more about Ambassador Meglena Kuneva:

Ambassador Meglena Kuneva took up her function as Head of the EU Delegation  to  the  Council of Europe in Strasbourg on  1st   September  2018. As Head of Delegation she is the permanent and principal representative of the EU vis-à-vis the Council of Europe. She is also the main representative of the EU towards EU Member States present in Strasbourg, representatives in the parliamentary assembly as well as third countries' missions and the Council of Europe Development Bank. Her role is to promote EU unity, visibility and effectiveness within the Council of Europe.

Prior to this appointment Ambassador Kuneva held a number of high-profile positions. From 2001 to 2007, she served as Minister of European Affairs and Chief Negotiator for the accession of Bulgaria to the EU. After her country's accession in 2007, she was appointed first ever Bulgarian EU Commissioner in the Barroso Commission, responsible for the portfolio on consumer protection. After completing her mandate, she was re-elected in the Bulgarian Parliament and served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs (2014-2017), assuming as well the responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science (2016-2017).

Ambassador Kuneva is trained as a lawyer and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Law from the University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is an avid listener of classical music.


Administrative Section  


  Ms Meglena Kuneva

  Ambassador and Head of Delegation


  Tel: +33 (0)3 90406081



  Mr Per Ibold

  Deputy to the Head of Delegation and Minister        Counsellor



  Tel: +33 (0)3 90409995



  Mr Guido Nösinger

  Assistant to the Head of Delegation


  Tel: +33 (0)3 90406080





Mr Dimitar Tomov     

Administrative and Technical support

Tel: +33 (0)3 90409996



Political Section




  Mr Martin Bouček

  Minister Counsellor and Political Advisor


  Tel: +33 (0)3 90409998




  Mr Efthymios Tziokas

  Expert Counsellor, Political and Legal Advisor

  Tel: +33 (0)3 90406088



  Ms Sophie Kammerer

  Political Affairs, Press and Information Officer


  Tel: +33 (0)3 90406082


Legal Section

  Mr Per Ibold

  Deputy to the Head of Delegation and Minister          Counsellor


  Tel: +33 (0)3 90409995


  Mr Efthymios Tziokas

  Expert Counsellor, Political and Legal Advisor

  Tel: +33 (0)3 90406088



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