The European Union Delegation to Egypt

About the EU Delegation to Egypt

11/05/2016 - 16:38
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The European Union maintains a network of over 140 delegations worldwide. The EU Delegation to Egypt was officially opened in 1978.

The European Union maintains a network of over 140 delegations worldwide. The delegations are normal diplomatic missions complementary to EU Member States’ embassies and reflect the distribution of competences and functions between the EU Member States and the European Union.

The European Union delegations are essential to the promotion of EU interests and values around the world, and are in the front line in delivering EU external relations policy and action, from the common foreign and security policy through trade and development co-operation to scientific and technical relations.

The European Union Delegation to Egypt, officially opened in 1978, deals with the broad political and economic agenda between the EU and Egypt, and in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy plays a role in the implementation and monitoring of the EU-Egypt partnership priorities.

The Delegation interacts with the government ministries but also with civil society and non-governmental organisations and reports to Brussels on developments in Egypt. An important focus is the management of the projects under the different development co-operation programmes concerning Egypt. The Delegation manages a development co-operation portfolio of over €1.3 billion in Egypt.

The Delegation provides information about the EU, its policies and positions to interested parties through various means, including its website and social media platforms. The Delegation Press and Information Officer is in constant contact with the local and foreign media.

The Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Christian Berger, presented his credentials to H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

Before coming to Egypt Christian Berger served as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey from 2016 to 2020, and Ambassador to Turkmenistan. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Director/Deputy Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service in Brussels; and from 2008 to 2011 EU Representative / Head of Delegation in Jerusalem.

From 2006 to 2008 he was Head of the European Commission Crisis Response & Peace-building Unit, and from 2005 to 2006 EU-Representative to the Quartet Special Envoy (James Wolfensohn), working mainly on the Rafah Agreement (Egypt-Gaza border crossing).

In 1997 Christian Berger joined the European institutions. At first he was responsible for relations with Syria, then Political Advisor on Middle East issues. In earlier positions he served with the OSCE in Vienna and the United Nations in Syria (UNDOF), Gaza and Jerusalem (UNRWA). 

Christian Berger is Austrian citizen; he is married with two children and holds degrees in law from the Universities of Vienna and London (LSE).

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