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Welcome to the website of the European Union Delegation to the State of Eritrea. This website provides you with a gateway to EU policies, institutions and activities; news and information on EU-Eritrea relations, including joint cooperation projects; and contact information to the Delegation. The primary purpose of this website is to inform you – but not only: we also encourage you to please send us your comments, suggestions and requests; thus turning this website into a truly useful, two-way communication platform.
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The EU Delegation in Asmara is one of the altogether 140 EU Delegations around the world. It officially represents the European Union in Eritrea; it is a diplomatic mission and it functions like an embassy. It's goal is to promote EU's values and interests in Eritrea; monitor and assess key developments and trends in the country and the larger region; and promote partnership and cooperation between the EU and Eritrea in a variety of fields, including political, economic, development and cultural. In addition to the EU Delegation, a number of EU Member States have their own permanent diplomatic missions accredited in Eritrea, five of them with resident Ambassadors in Asmara. Many of them run their own bilateral support and cooperation programmes with Eritrea on top of contributing to the EU-wide efforts.
I had the privilege of joining the EU Delegation to Eritrea in September 2019 to lead a highly professional team with the objective of advancing EU's interests in the country and seeking to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Eritrea. EU's commitment to Eritrea's stability, prosperity and democracy is long-term, and so is its determination to promote the region's closer cooperation and integration.
This commitment is based on EU's clearly identified strategic interests in the region related, among others, to preventing radicalisation; stemming irregular migration; or securing vital sea lines of communications. These are interests that are here to stay and provide a solid foundation for future engagements. EU's efforts in Eritrea are aimed at contributing to the country's social and economic development, they follow local needs and strive to ensuring local ownership and sustainability.
Ongoing or currently planned projects focus on infrastructural development, connectivity; job creation; strengthening economic governance; supporting agricultural development, including irrigation; 'greening' the economy through investments in renewables; protecting and promoting Eritrea's rich cultural heritage – but we are continually looking at new cooperation and partnership opportunities to expand our bilateral relations.
Head of Section: Elisabetta Pietrobon
Head of Section: Gabriel Leonte
Head of Section: Martin Alewijnse
Head of Section: Jean-Francois Paquot