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The European Union has a network of 139 Delegation and Offices around the world. EU Delegations service EU interests as a whole, especially in areas such as presenting, explaining and implementing EU policy; analysing and reporting on the policies and developments of the countries to which they are accredited; and conducting negotiations in accordance with a given mandate.
The EU Delegation in Sri Lanka is governed by the 1975 Commercial Co-operation Agreement and the 1995 Agreement on Partnership and Development signed with the Government of Sri Lanka. The Co-operation Agreement aims to enhance and develop, through dialogue and partnership, the various aspects of co-operation between the EU and Sri Lanka.
Under this framework, co-operation is based on the partners’ mutual respect for democratic principles and human rights. These agreements give the EU the mandate to operate in the country.
The current agreement covers a number of key areas of cooperation, including; diversification of trade and investment; networking between EU and Sri Lankan business communities; strengthening technical, economic and cultural linkages and providing technical assistance to Sri Lanka to interact more effectively with the EU; supporting Sri Lanka's efforts to improve the living conditions of the poorer sections of the population and environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources.
The EU Delegation to Sri Lanka opened in 1995. The office is also accredited to the Maldives. The EU Ambassador who heads the Delegation office is accredited to both Sri Lanka and the Maldives and has full diplomatic status.
Political, Trade and Communications Section
Head: Thorsten BARGFREDE
Deputy: Anne VAUGIER-CHATTERJEE
Head: Frank HESS
Deputy: Fabrizio SENESI
Contracts and Finance Section
Head: Hilde TIMMERMAN
Deputy: Kim BUI
Head: Robert SMYTH