Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda

About the EU Delegation to Rwanda

12/05/2016 - 17:10
About us - structure and organisation

EU Delegations represent the European Union around the world. The role of the EU Delegation to Rwanda is to support the development of relations between Rwanda and the EU. 

In this context, the role of the EU Delegation to Rwanda is to

  • Represent the European Union in Rwanda.
  • Ensure the follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation (financial and technical);
  • Follow-up on EU policies in all sectors
  • Promote and defend the values and interests of the EU
  • Maintain and increase the visibility, awareness and understanding of the EU
  • Supervise long-term programming of aid and the management of programmes and projects within the framework of EU external aid management
  • Introduce Rwanda to European citizens

The presence of the European Commission in Rwanda started in the mid-1960s and was formalised in 1991 with the signature of an “accord de siège” with the Rwandan Government.


Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda!

When I began my mission to the Republic of Rwanda in October 2013, I pledged on behalf of the European Union that we would do what it can to help Rwanda achieve its potential and rise to its challenges. We believe that through our website and our social media platforms, as well as our public diplomacy outreach through media or specific activities we will be able to give you an insight in what we actually do.

If you follow our social media platforms on regular basis, you will be able to find out about the European Union and the nature of our political, economic and development partnership with Rwanda – partnership which has evolved and matured over three decades since the EU formally established its presence in the 1980s under the EU-ACP accords. The European Union remains one of the biggest partners of Rwanda be it in the area of development cooperation, trade or investment.

Our relationship with Rwanda rests – as with all of our partners - on a set of common principles governing democracy, human rights, rule of law and fundamental freedoms. Our interaction is based on shared values and mutual respect, and on the ownership of Rwandans for the destiny or their country and the development of their society. We – the Europeans – will continue to help.

Visit our Facebook @EUDelegationRWA, and follow us on Twitter with my account @EUMichaelRyan and the Delegation's @EUinRW.

Michael Ryan

Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation to Rwanda

Ambassador, Head of Delegation
Michael Ryan
Head of Political, Press and Information Section
Ondrej Simek
Head of Cooperation
Johan Cauwenbergh
Head of Economics and Good Governance Section
Emanuel Jose Amaral
Head of Rural Development Section
Arnaud De Vanssay
Head of Infrastructure Section
Lenaic Georgelin
Head of Finance and Contracts Section
Finn Christensen
Head of Administration
Diana Van Der Bijl
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