It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone.
The partnership between the European Union and Sierra Leone started in 1976 when the EU opened its Delegation in Freetown and has since become more diverse and stronger.
On this website, you will find information on the different aspects of our partnership that entails political relations, technical and financial cooperation and economic and trade relations.
The work of the EU Delegation to Sierra Leone takes place in the context of the newly developed EU Global Strategy. This strategy sets out the EU's vision and values and guides the EU's external action. The EU stands for multilateralism and global governance, for strong regional cooperative orders, for the defence and promotion of human rights and democratic values, for an EU that is better equipped to face security threats, for the promotion and respect for the rule of law, for a strong desire to help building resilient and inclusive societies and pursuing shared interests, such as fighting climate change.
The long-standing partnership with Africa continues to be an important part of EU's global vision. Our relationship with Sierra Leone is also complemented by the EU-AU partnership agenda.
The EU supports the political, social and economic development of Sierra Leone and its citizens. The main focus of our cooperation is to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and to improve the livelihoods of the citizens. Under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) European Union support to Sierra Leone amounted to a total of EUR 301 million in the form of grants. An amount of EUR 376 million is being provided under the 11th EDF for the period 2014 to 2020. The principal focus of EU support to Sierra Leone is on governance, infrastructure, education and agriculture and governance.
We look forward to hearing back from you and the Delegation staff is at your disposal to answer your questions.
Thank you for your interest.
Head of the EU Delegation to Sierra Leone
Biography: Tom Vens has been serving as EU's Ambassador to Sierra Leone since September 2017. He joined the EU in 1996 and was posted to Angola (1996-2000), Ethiopia (2000-2004), Uganda (2004-8), Tanzania (2010-2014) and Somalia (2014-17). Before joining the EU he was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan (1994-96). He holds a masters in International Relations from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and was an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Valencia (Spain). He also holds a masters in Media and Information Science from the University of Louvain (Belgium). Ambassador Vens is married and has two children.