Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Malawi

About the EU Delegation to Malawi

12/05/2016 - 14:25
About us - structure and organisation

Delegation of the European Union to Malawi

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Malawi has a number of functions:

  • Representing the EU in all its affairs;
  • Permanently holding the local EU Presidency;
  • Ensuring follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation;
  • Ensuring the long-term programming and management of aid in cooperation with the Malawi government;
  • Promoting the values of the EU and helping to increase visibility, awareness and understanding of the Union.

The EU's engagement with Malawi is part of the wider engagement the EU enjoys with all African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, which will expire in 2020.  Negotiations for the future partnership agreement started in September 2018, and will bring the relationship between the EU and its ACP partners into a new era, building on the idea of a partnership of equals, around shared principles and interests.

The EU's engagement with Malawi is also part of the wider engagement between the African Union and the European Union.  The fifth African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit took place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The AU-EU summit brought together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. Together they adopted a joint declaration outlining common priorities for the EU-Africa partnership in four strategic areas:

  • Economic opportunities for Youth
  • Peace and Security
  • Mobility and Migration
  • Gooperation on Governance

At country level, I am committed to dialogue on these priorities with the government of H.E. A.P. Mutharika and to implement the priorities identified through our bilateral cooperation.  The Malawi National Indicative Programme for the period 2014-2020 is aligned to the Malawi National Development priorities as outlined in Malawi's Growth and Development Strategy III, as well as our joint international commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

EU assistance under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) covering the period 2015-2020 focuses on three main sectors:

  • Governance
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Secondary Education and Vocational Training

The total amount of the allocation for Malawi for the period 2015-2020 is € 560 Million, out of which close to € 400 Million are already under implementation, with major programmes like Chilungamo, Kulima, Afikepo or the social protection programme SoSuRe.

In addition to the envelope under the bilateral allocation for Malawi, the EU Delegation is also managing the EU grant contribution to important infrastructure projects co-financed with Financial Institutions like the European Investment Bank. Such projects include for instance the rehabilitation of a number of northern segments of the M1 road or the Malawi-Moçambique energy interconnector.

On behalf of myself, and of my 52 Malawian and European colleagues, I warmly welcome you to our website.

The website of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Malawi is designed to provide you with information to cover your needs regarding all our policies and day-to-day activities.

Most importantly, it will also provide you with an orientation of where the EU-Malawi partnership is heading to in the next decades.  Indeed, our partnership has been established in  1975 and the EU Delegation has been in Malawi ever since. Together with our Member States, of which three are represented in Malawi (Ireland, Germany and the UK), we provide roughly €300 million annually in development assistance to Malawi.  I'm proud to say that we are thereby the biggest development partner in Malawi and have become, more importantly, Malawi's largest trading partner, accounting for about 25 percent of Malawi's exports and 13 percent of its imports. 

In terms of our political relations, we share many goals: the basic principles on good governance and human rights as defined in articles 8 and 9 of the Cotonou Agreement, the international commitments Malawi and the EU have taken, such as those of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and furthering peace and security on the continent.

As we will enter into a new phase of our partnership with Africa post-2020, and as we will start to reflect about the priorities for the next programming phase, let me assure you that, on behalf of the Presidents of the Council and of the European Commission, it will be my biggest honor to serve our joint interests.

I hope you will appreciate the work the EU is doing in Malawi, as captured in this website, as much as we do. I wish you pleasant readings, and hope to meet you soon!

Ambassador Sandra Paesen

Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi

Internal Organisation

Head of Delegation
Sandra PAESEN

Assistant to the Head of Delegation
Camelia CORNILLIET

Head – Political, Press and Information
Aurelie VALTAT 

Head of Cooperation
Ivo HOEFKENS

Head of Finance and Contracts 
Anne BOURDILLEAU

Team Leader - Sustainable Agriculture
Beatrice NERI

Team Leader - Economic, Trade and Governance 
Jose Maria MEDINA NAVARRO

Team Leader - Social Sectors and Infrastructure 
Virginie LAFLEUR-TIGHE

Head of Administration
Birgitte GLAVIND

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