Delegation of the European Union to Russia

About the European Union Delegation to the Russian Federation

25/06/2021 - 14:27
About us - structure and organisation


The Delegation of the European Commission to Russia was opened in Moscow in February 1991.

Starting from 1 December 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty entering into force, the Delegation of the European Commission is transformed into the Delegation of the European Union to Russia.

As a diplomatic mission, the Delegation of the European Union to Russia operates under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and is managed by a Head of Delegation who is accredited to the Russian President with the rank of Ambassador.

The Delegation in Moscow is one of over 140 European Union Delegations around the world.

The Delegation's mandate includes:

  • To promote the political and economic relations between Russia and the European Union by maintaining relations with governmental institutions, civil society, economic operators, academia and cultural actors among others.
  • To inform the public about the EU, its institutions and activities.
  • To explain and promote EU policies.
  • To maintain close contacts and coordinate its work with the embassies of the EU member states.
  • To participate in the implementation of the European Union's cooperation programmes. 


Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation. This website is a source of information and news on the latest developments in EU-Russia relations, a window for our partners and to our activities in Russia.

The EU is a unique political, economic and security union integrating 27 countries which decided to tie their destinies together for greater prosperity, stability and peace. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, it has proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. It is therefore my honour to represent the interests of the European Union and its Member States in Russia.

For a number of years, the European Union and Russia have worked on the implementation of a strategic partnership based on the principles of democracy, rule of law, political and economic freedom, and commitment to international peace and security. Since 2014 these relations have been seriously affected by the illegal annexation of Crimea as well as the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. Progress on and the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be of pivotal importance for making a major difference in our relationship.

My mission is to work on the improvement of EU-Russia relations in pursuance of EU interests. The EU and Russia are two big and interdependent neighbours on our continent. Therefore, we need to strive to forge mutually-beneficial relations based on international law, mutual trust and common interests.

We can build on past achievements.  The European Union remains Russia`s main trading and investment partner, Russian students are the first beneficiaries of the Erasmus + programme and we have a wide range of contacts and exchanges established between our two peoples in the spheres of science, culture or tourism. Russia has been for many years and still is the largest recipient of Schengen visas in the world.

Furthermore, in a more complex and interconnected world, the EU and Russia need to cooperate on global challenges, such as, climate change, energy insecurity, terrorism, hybrid threats, economic volatility and regional conflicts.

I invite you to visit our website regularly to learn more about the European Union and its countries, its relations with Russia and about some exciting opportunities.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments and questions. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in the near future.

Markus Ederer

Ambassador of the European Union to Russia 

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