Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia


About the EU Delegation to Ethiopia

11/05/2016 - 16:48
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Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia

The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia was opened in Addis Ababa in February 1975. Starting from 1 December 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty entering into force, the Delegation of the European Commission was transformed into the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia. The Delegation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world and is partnered in Addis Ababa by the Delegation of the European Union to the African Union. The new office of the European Investment Bank in Ethiopia, and with links to the African Union, is collocated with the Delegation.

The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Ethiopia. The institutions of the European Union are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. 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 Ethiopia 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 monitor the implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Ethiopia;
  • To inform the public of the development of the EU and to explain and defend individual EU policies;
  • To participate in the implementation of the European Union's assistance programmes


Welcome to the website of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Ethiopia. Here you find news and information on the European Union-Ethiopia relationship, our joint cooperation projects and other activities.  Please also follow the Delegation on social media - Facebook and Twitter  for the latest up-dates of our activities.

Addis Abeba is the diplomatic capital of Africa, and therefore an essential place for enhancing the Europe-Africa partnership. The EU Delegation, as part of the European External Action Service's network of  diplomatic missions and offices in third countries, implements the EU Global Strategy and other key foreign and security policies in close collaboration with the Member States of the EU.

The European Union and its Member States are proud partners of Ethiopia for more than 40 years. Today the Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries provides the overall framework for political, economic and development cooperation until 2020; the negotiations for future agreements is about to be launched.  Ethiopia is a key partner in the implementation of projects under the European Development Fund (EDF), humanitarian assistance provided by ECHO and the EU Trust Fund for Africa on Migration.

The EU-Ethiopia strategic engagement, signed in June 2016, provided an additional boost for enhanced relations in areas such as regional peace and security; countering terrorism and radicalization; migration; social and economic development, investment and trade; governance and human rights, climate change and environmental cooperation. The EU cooperates with many Ethiopian stakeholders including Government, civil society and the private sector. Cultural diplomacy, consular and Schengen visa cooperation are also important aspects of our work in Ethiopia.

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Ambassador Roland Kobia

Head of Delegation



  • Head of Delegation
  • Deputy Head of Delegation
  • Head of Cooperation
  • Head of Political and Press & Information
  • Governance, Economics and Health
  • Regional and Infrastructure
  • Head of Finance and Contracts
  • Rural Development, Green and Food Security
  • Head of Migration section
  • Head of Administration