The Delegation of the European Union to Eswatini was opened in Mbabane in 1976 after the signature of the first Lomé Convention.
The Delegation in Mbabane is one of 139 European Union Delegations around the world. With effect from 1 October 2013 the Delegation became a fully-fledged one after it was upgraded from being a regionalized Delegation.
Following this decision, Her Excellency Ms Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones, is the second resident EU Ambassador to Eswatini since 1979, taking over from His Excellency Mr Nicola Bellomo.
The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Eswatini.
On 1 January 2007 the European Union completed its fifth enlargement that had started in May 2004. Today the European Union is made up of 27 member states, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world.
The Delegation's mandate includes the following:
- To promote the political and economic relations between Eswatini and the European Union by maintaining extensive relations with governmental institutions and by increasing awareness of the EU, it's institutions and its programmes;
- To implement the EU development and trade policies focusing on poverty alleviation and on the promotion of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law as well as the smooth and gradual integration of developing countries into the world economy;
- To monitor the implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Eswatini;
- To inform the public of the development of the EU and to explain and defend individual EU policies.