Delegation of the European Union to Iraq

About the EU Delegation to Iraq

10/05/2016 - 14:16

Delegation of the European Union to Iraq

The Delegation represents the European Union in Iraq and, as a diplomatic mission, works closely with the 13 Member State Embassies that are represented in Baghdad as well as their Missions in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. It ensures the tasks of the EU Presidency both in Baghdad and Erbil. The Delegation is the permanent and principal interlocutor of the EU vis-à-vis local authorities, the international community and all other stakeholders for all matters related to EU external action. Acting in close cooperation with all EU Member State diplomatic missions, the Delegation strives to ensure the unity, consistency and effectiveness of EU external action in Iraq. It ensures the follow-up of bilateral relations in the political, economic, trade, energy and development areas.

The Delegation is essential to the promotion of EU interests and values in Iraq, and is in the front line in delivering EU external relations policy and action, ranging from common foreign and security policy through trade and cooperation to education and cultural relations.

The Delegation deals with the broad political and economic agenda between the EU and Iraq, and in particular plays a role in the implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Iraq. It interacts with the Federal Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government,   Governorates and local authorities, the Council of Representatives in Baghdad but also with the media, civil society, NGOs and reports on developments in Iraq.

Its work also includes the implementation of projects under different development and humanitarian programmes concerning Iraq. The Delegation manages a development cooperation portfolio of over 200 M EUR in Iraq from its Amman-based Development cooperation Section.  The European Commission's humanitarian office ECHO opened in August 2014 in Erbil and implements an Iraq-wide 2014  humanitarian  assistance programme  worth in excess of 135 Million EUR for 2014/2015 for the benefit of some 3.2 million internally displaced Iraqis and 250,000 Syrian refugees forced to flee their homes as a consequence of  the Islamic State terrorist group insurgency.

Political analysis and reporting is one of the most important tasks of the Delegation with reporting seen under the broad perspective which goes beyond classic foreign and security policy issues and encompasses analysis and tasks to ensure coherence and consistency of all aspects of EU external action. For such priorities to be delivered, the Delegation presents Démarches, official positions, carries out outreach activities including on external aspects of internal EU policies.  To accompany the process, the Delegation has set up 8 local EU coordination working groups in Baghdad and in Erbil which meet regularly with a view to develop with Member States common approaches and analysis in delivering a common EU messaging in Iraq.

In the field of public diplomacy, the Delegation plays a crucial role in communicating EU values, policies and results of development cooperation to host country stakeholders and is committed to enhance EU's visibility in Iraq, also through cultural diplomacy initiatives.  

As Ambassador of the European Union to Iraq since September 2019, I am glad to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Iraq.


The European Union and Iraq share common values and have developed good relations. Our ties are shaped by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) on the basis of which we aim to strengthen our relations the coming years.


Over the last years, the EU and its Member States sided with the Iraqi people in some of the darkest moments of Iraq history. Following the territorial defeat of Da'esh, much remains to be done. Iraq is still facing a multitude of challenges that have been put front and centre by the protests that started on 1 October 2019. In these crucial times for Iraq, the European Union, and I myself as its representative in Iraq, are committed to assisting Iraq on its path towards progress and prosperity. The EU stands ready to help Iraq fulfil its role as a bridge builder in the region and to ensure a peaceful future for Iraq as country in which the democratic rights and aspirations of the Iraqi people are guaranteed.


Achieving this will require hard decisions to be made in order to deliver better governance and services to Iraqi citizens, as well as to create a favourable private sector environment.


The entire EU team and myself are looking forward to meeting and working with Iraqis of all walks of life and faiths or beliefs and to actively promote strong European-Iraqi relations.


So if you wish to stay informed about our activities, I invite you to follow our Facebook page and Twitter accounts:



Twitter: @EUAmbIraq

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Martin Huth

European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq

Ambassador Office

  • Ambassador Martin Huth – Head of Delegation (HOD)
  • Michaela Bahl – Personal Assistant to the HOD 
  • Saba Fuad – Senior Executive Secretary

Political Section

  • Jean -Bernard Bolvin – Head of Political Section – Deputy HOD
  • Angela Martini – First Counsellor - Political Section
  • Job Maarleveld – Political Officer
  • Al-Sadiq Al-Adilee – Press and Information Officer
  • Dia Sulaibi – Interpreter, Political Assistant


  • Silviu Costache – Head of Administration – Cultural Attaché
  • Farah Shtewi – Administrative Assistant
  • Sadiq Al-Saffar – Accountant
  • Muddakir Falih – Driver

Cooperation Section

  • Barbara Egger– Head of Cooperation 
  • Rosalba Tuseo – Programme Manager
  • Ghada Hameed – Programme Manager
  • Sarah Spencer Bernard - Programme Manager
  • Iba Abdo - Programme Manager
  • John Villiers – Programme Manager
  • Zeyad Al-Obaidi– Projects Officer
  • Hiba Madhat Dawood– Cooperation Assistant

EU Liaison Office in Erbil

  • Vincent-Guillaume Poupeau – Head of Office



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