Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

About the EU Delegation to Gambia

11/05/2016 - 17:01
About us - structure and organisation

The Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia is part of the European Union External Service, and is one of the more than 130 Delegations throughout the world.

The Delegation acts as the interface between the European institutions and the Government of The Gambia and its population. Over the years, the role of the Delegation has evolved to cover a wide range of issues.

The Delegation's mandate includes the following:

  • To actively promote the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Government and people of The Gambia;
  • To deepen the political dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the partnership;
  • To play a key role in implementing the EU's development cooperation activities. In The Gambia, these cover a range of target areas such as infrastructure, governance, food security and rural development;
  • To inform The Gambia about the policies and programmes of the European Union, as well as its institutions and values.

H.E. Pampaloni was appointed Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia in January 2021. An Italian national, he joined the European External Action Service upon its inception in 2011. Between 2016 and 2020 he served as the Minister, Deputy and Acting Head of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji. From 2015 to 2020 he also served as Head of the Mission Support Division and Chief of Staff in the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capabilities (CPCC).

Ambassador Pampaloni has extensive experience working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and other African countries. He began his career in the European External relations as a Head of Sector in the then European Commission Delegations to the Central African Republic and Brazil. Ambassador Pampaloni holds a degree in veterinary medicine (University of Pisa, Italy).

The EU Delegation to The Gambia has about 25 local and expatriate staff, working in the following sections:

  • The office of the Ambassador;
  • Administration;
  • Finance & Contracts;
  • Development cooperation;
  • Political, Press & Information.

Some of our staff are shared with the EU Delegation to Senegal, for example colleagues with wider regional roles in western Africa, in Finance & Contracts and in the Foreign Policy Instrument section.

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