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Meet the EU Delegation to Turkey

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About us - structure and organisation

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey

Ever since Turkey was declared an accession candidate by the European Council in December 1999, the relationship between Ankara and Brussels has constantly been developing. The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey seeks to meet the needs that rise from the intense and multidimensional ties, with over 120 Turkish and European Union experts working together to carry out this mission.

Through our website, we aim to provide you with information on the European Union, as well as on Turkey's accession process to the Union. Since our principal goal is to provide accessible, accurate and up-to-date information to the Turkish public, a large part of the website is in Turkish. 

If you have any comments or suggestions on our website, please send them to the address below: 

Delegation of the European Union to Turkey: delegation-turkey@eeas.europa.eu

Under the Lisbon Treaty, entered into force on 1st December 2009, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey has four main missions:

  • In the external relations field, to report on Turkey's foreign policy and to represent the European Union at diplomatic level. 

  • In relations to the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU, to monitor economic, financial and trade developments in Turkey, as well as the implementation of the Customs Union's provisions. 
     
  • In the framework of the EU accession negotiations, to monitor Turkey's progress in meeting the requirements of the political criteria and the acquis and to assist the unfolding of the negotiations. In this context, the Delegation reports to Headquarters on a daily basis in view of the Commission's yearly Progress Report
     
  • Concerning Pre-Accession Programmes, the Delegation supports Turkish institutions in charge of applying decentralised cooperation procedures and monitors the effective implementation of more than 250 projects worth a total amount of some € 2.0 billion.

 

As a diplomatic mission, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey operates under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and is managed by a Head of Delegation who is accredited to the President of the Republic of Turkey with the rank of ambassador. The Delegation has a staff of some 130 agents.

 

The Delegation maintains close contacts and coordinates its work with the embassies of the member states of the EU accredited to Turkey.

The Delegation also maintains a wide range of contacts with public authorities, political parties, business circles, academia and think tanks, civil society organisations and cultural operators. In addition, it implements a comprehensive information and communication programme aimed at fostering the visibility and understanding of the European Union, its values and its activities in Turkey.

OUR HISTORY

The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey started as a Press and Information Centre in 1974 in Ankara.

This office was converted into the 'Representation of the European Commission to Turkey' in 1987, being granted full diplomatic status on the basis of an 'Agreement on the Establishment of the Representation of the Commission of the European Communities in Turkey and on its Immunities and Privileges,' signed in Brussels on 4 February 1987 and published in the Turkish Official Gazette No. 19477 on 4 June 1987.

The name of the Representation of the European Commission to Turkey was changed to the 'Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey' in July 2004, thus bringing it into line with the other Commission Delegations in the world. With the decision taken on November 2009 its name was changed to Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. It is currently the EU's biggest single country delegation in the world, with a staff of over 120 people. 

The Europe Union in Turkey has organized two different network of EU experts: A-NEST, a network where EU studies scholars can exchange information about developments in EU academic studies and EU-Turkey relations, and share news, announcements, and publications, and Team Europe, a carefully selected group of figures from various backgrounds that can participate upon request in seminars, conferences, training schemes, and television programs, and inform various sectors of the public about selected EU-related subjects.

To help inform audiences in Turkey about what the European Union is and how the European Union and Turkey are working together, the EU Delegation has developed a comprehensive information network across the country to serve the information needs of local people.

This network works closely with schools, non-governmental organisations, small and medium sized businesses, universities and political decision makers, as well as directly with the general public to ensure that people have access to up-to-date, accurate information on all EU-related themes.

In addition, a network of EU Information Centres in 20 provinces provide information support through local and regional events on EU policies and programmes, media events and dissemination of information. In universities and research centres, European Documentation Centres (EUi) provide information resources to students and academics on EU related themes.

Numerous EU Corners have been established for the purpose of informing the public about the EU and providing information material. In cooperation with the EU Delegation to Turkey, the EU Information Corners carry out activities in collaboration with EU Information Centres.

Providing additional support is a facility called Team Europe, whereby experts on specific EU subjects can be provided as speakers for conferences and other public speaking events.

Name and First Name

  Job Title

  Section Title

  Diplomatic Title

BERGER, Christian

Head of Delegation

Office of the Head of Delegation

Ambassador

MUNUERA VINALS, Gabriel

Deputy Head of Delegation

Office of the Head of Delegation

Minister

LACH, Kasia

Head of Migration Policy Team

Office of the Head of Delegation

Counsellor

 

Head of Press and Information Team

Office of the Head of Delegation

 

VIOLA, Andrea

Assistant to the Head of Delegation

Office of the Head of Delegation

Attaché

GATTI, Simona

Head of Section

Operations

Minister Counsellor

 

Head of Section

Political Affairs

 

POUPEAU, Vincent-Guillaume

Political Counsellor

Political Affairs

Counsellor

VASSALLO, Julian

Political Counsellor

Political Affairs

Counsellor

 

Head of Section

Trade and other EU policies

 

 

Deputy Head of Section

Trade and other EU Policies

 

 

Head of Section

Civil Society, Fundamental Rights, Judiciary and Home Affairs

 

 

Head of Section

Economic and Social Development

 

SZTARICSKAI, Tibor

Deputy Head of Section

Economic and Social Development

Counsellor

CLUA VANDELLOS, Emma

Head of Section

Facility for Refugees in Turkey

First Secretary

PRUD'HOMME, Wim

Head of Section

Finance, Contracts and Audit

Minister

TEMMINK, Hubertus

Deputy Head of Section

Finance, Contracts and Audit

Attaché

VERSTREPEN, Joris

Head of Administration

Administration

First Counsellor

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