Delegation of the European Union to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris and to the Principalities of Andorra and Monaco

Delegation of the European Union to the OECD and the UNESCO in Paris

12/05/2016 - 16:51
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Delegation of the European Union to the OECD and the UNESCO

The EU Delegation was set up in 1964 as a Delegation of the European Commission. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 it has become a Delegation of the EU and part of the European External Action Service. 

The Delegation represents the European Union and its 28 Member States at the OECD, UNESCO and the IEA and is based in Paris. These three, very different organisations deal with a wide array of economic, social, environmental but also cultural, education and energy matters which are of major relevance to the EU. In all three areas the EU has developed over the years a number of important instruments and policies. The EU draws data, evidence-based analysis and experience-sharing from the multilateral work done across the three organisations and contributes by sharing the vast EU perspective, know-how and experience accumulated in the 60 years of its existence. 

More concretely, the Delegation actively participates in and contributes to the discussions of the OECD, UNESCO and IEA bodies and committees. It coordinates the EU Member States' position on issues of exclusive EU competence and in areas where the EU needs to speak with one voice to effectively promote its interests and values. Moreover, the Delegation serves as a bridge between these Paris-based international organisations and the EU institutions in Brussels and facilitates their efficient cooperation. Finally, the Delegation promotes the visibility and understanding of the values and policies of the EU as well as building of closer relations with both member countries' diplomats and the international organisations' staff in Paris. 

In more practical terms, it is the EU ambassador's daily mission, together with his team of EU diplomats, to help steer and shape the three organisations' work programme and advance the EU interests and priorities in the work of their various specialised committees and other bodies. 

Here you can find more information on the EU cooperation with the OECD, UNESCO and the IEA.

Dear Visitor, 

Thank you very much for your interest in the role of the EU Delegation to the OECD, UNESCO and the IEA in Paris. It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website which aims to help you understand how our Delegation works with these three international organisations to shape their agenda and promote the interests of the EU and its Members States. 

The EU cooperation with the OECD, UNESCO and the IEA spans over decades and has brought numerous mutual benefits to both the EU and its partner organisations. 

The EU draws on the EU and Euro-area economic surveys of the OECD to support its own monitoring and analysis of economic, social and environmental policies and trends in the EU Member States. Yet the OECD offers more than a unique depth of expertise to use: it fosters frank discussion and exchange of best practices among its 35 members and a multitude of other partners. But the EU also substantially contributes to the OECD work by both sharing its leading edge policy-making experience and know-how and by providing a very important voluntary funding for OECD projects. 

The EU partners with UNESCO to promote multilateral dialogue, cooperation and best practice-sharing in education, culture, science and technology, communication and information, including freedom of expression, but also regarding water and oceans. We provide important – and growing - financial support to the organisation. 

Last but not least, the EU has been working with the IEA since its creation back in 1974. The key IEA focus areas: promoting energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and a global engagement on energy and the environment, are all close to the EU's heart. The IEA's flagship World Energy Outlook, as well as its work on energy transition and energy efficiency in emerging economies provide authoritative evidence and analysis both for the EU and the IEA's 29 members. The EU is equally strongly supporting the IEA through substantial voluntary funding. 

Our website will help you find more information not only about the OECD, UNESCO and IEA key work areas and flagship publications but will also take you to the latest on the relevant work and projects of the EU in all key areas covered by the three international organisations. 

I hope you will find it useful and I wish you an enjoyable and informative read. 


Mr. Didier Lenoir

Head of the EU Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO

M. Didier Lenoir

Ambassadeur, Chef de Délégation

Mme Brigitte Montenero-Sommerauer

Assistante du Chef de délégation

M. Vassilis Koutsiouris

Ministre-Conseiller Economique
Représentant Permanent Adjoint auprès de l'OECD

M Radu Eugen Butum

Conseiller Politique

Représentant Permanent Adjoint auprès de l'UNESCO
Politique Énergétique (IEA)

M. Fillippos Pierros

Conseiller Développement / Délégué CAD (OCDE)

Mme Johanna Peyredieu-du-Charlat

Conseillère Politique Économique, Commerciale et de l'Environnement (OCDE)

M. Samuele Bardelli

Chef d 'Administration f.f

Mme Sophie Mühlberger

Assistante administrative UNESCO

Mme Charlotte Bracke

Assistante administrative OCDE

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