Delegation of the European Union to Mozambique

About the EU Delegation in Mozambique

12/05/2016 - 15:06
About us - structure and organisation

The European Union is represented in Mozambique by a Delegation in Maputo established in 1985, which is one of the 140 European Union Delegations in the world.

The European Commission is one of the institutions of the European Union, the others being the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. 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 entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on the 1st of December 2009 has reinforced the role of the Delegation, which has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Mozambique. The Head of Delegation is Mr. Antonio Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar.

The Delegation's mandate includes the following:

  • Ensuring the official representation of the European Union to the Republic of Mozambique ;
  • Ensuring the follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation (financial and technical);
  • Promoting and defending the values and policies of the EU in an open and equal partnership with the Government and people of Mozambique;
  • Implementing EU's long-term development assistance programs in Mozambique, within the scope of external aid management, in line with local priorities currently focused on the implementation of the Peace Agreement, post-cyclone recovery and reconstruction, mitigating the effects of climate change and, more recently, the reorientation of assistance to respond to the Covid19 pandemic.
  • Promoting the political and economic relations between Mozambique and the EU by maintaining extensive relations with governmental institutions and sub-national actors;
  • Managing a very substantial aid programme to Mozambique - the main instrument of co-operation is the European Development Fund (EDF) – currently the 11th EDF - under implementation with a budget of 734 Million € for the period 2014-2020.

 

I warmly welcome you to the website of the European Union Delegation where you can learn about relations between the EU and Mozambique, our development cooperation and projects in the country, and about our collaboration with the Member States and with the rest of the world.

The EU has a longstanding partnership with Mozambique under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. Our close partnership is based on a common agenda looking to promote sustainable development, peace and security, democracy, rule of law and human rights as well as to address regional goals such as economic integration, and tackle crucial global challenges, such as climate change and terrorism.

Our Delegation to Mozambique and the 11 EU Member States permanently represented in the country, are working closely together to further develop and strengthen our already rich and multifaceted relations laid on the foundations of shared principles and values.

Mozambique has impressive potential and we are proud that the EU is amongst the largest development partners to the country. This year, the EU is closing another programming cycle. From 2014 to 2020, over EUR 700 million were channelled through the European Development Fund (EDF) to make a difference in the lives of the Mozambican people. Mozambique is also benefitting from the Economic Partnership Agreement signed in 2016 between SADC countries and the EU. This agreement has consolidated EU´s position as one of Mozambique's largest trading partners and the origin of significant direct investment flows.

The EU-proposed Africa–Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, has benefited Mozambique through projects supporting youth, job creation, and a substantial increase of European investments that came to the wider Africa. Initiatives like this Alliance were a great contribution for Mozambique and other countries to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the consolidation of the country’s peaceful path towards democracy and inclusive growth.

The European Union is also a strong contributor to the ongoing implementation of the peace process in Mozambique and supports numerous recovery and reconstruction projects and initiatives in response to the post-cyclone needs. With the current covid-19 pandemic, the EU along with its Member States and multilateral partners, have provided significant support to Mozambique´s health needs under a “Team Europe” approach and efforts are underway to ensure that covid-19 vaccines are available to all developing countries. 

As we move to start a new cooperation cycle – the post Cotonou Era – we look forward to ensuring that durable peace, the strengthening of the rule of law, the respect for human rights, a more sustainable, digital and green development and new social and economic opportunities for all citizens remain key priorities of EU’s engagement with Mozambique.

We value our partnership with the government and links with the people of Mozambique and, as we deepen those ties, we believe in a more open, prosperous and inclusive society.  

I thank you for visiting our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to stay informed of what the EU is doing in Mozambique in real time, or visit our Facebook page. You can also follow me on Twitter:  @SBeneditoEU

I am looking forward to working with all the Mozambicans who are interested in developing our partnership.

Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar

 

 

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