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The Delegation of the European Commission to Timor-Leste was opened on June 22nd 2007
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 Timor-Leste.
The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Timor-Leste.
The institutions of the European Union are the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors.
On 1st July 2013 the European Union completed its sixth enlargement. Today the European Union is made up of 28 Members States, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world.
As described in the Cotonou agreement The Delegation's mandate is designed to establish a comprehensive partnership, based on three complementary pillars: development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, and promotion of a more effective political dimension.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the homepage of the Delegation of the European Union to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
The European Union (EU) and Timor-Leste have had a close and fruitful relationship since Timor-Leste achieved independence. The European Union and Timor-Leste see eye-to-eye on today's global challenges, from fighting climate change, to strengthening stability in an increasingly volatile world, to defending democratic principles, human rights, and multilateralism. Our close partnership makes us stronger, and reinforces our capacity to deliver changes that improve lives.
The European Union enjoys strong political relations with Timor-Leste, and we are also a proud development partner, supporting the country in its drive to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We are working in particular in the fields of rural development, nutrition, public financial management, and decentralisation, providing not only technical assistance but budget support, which enables us to channel funds directly to the Government to support the achievement of its ambitions. We are also working to strengthen the capacity of civil society, which has a crucial role to play in development.
We have a heavy workload, and I am honoured by the responsibility of leading our competent team to strengthen the EU-Timor-Leste relationship in all its aspects, both in bilateral terms and through regional cooperation and through a strong partnership to address global challenges.
This webpage serves as the gateway to our activities both in Timor-Leste and at home in Europe. I very much hope that you will find the information presented useful. At the same time, I would also like to invite you to follow me on Twitter and the Delegation on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have any requests or queries for us, you are welcome to contact our team.
Andrew Jacobs : Ambassador
Telma Rayes Gieselmann : Personal Assistant to the Ambassador
Alexandre Zafiriou: Political Counsellor
Simon Le Grand : Head of Section
Paolo Toselli : Programme officer
Paolo Barduagni : Programme officer
Joana Pliszka Ribeiro : Programme officer
Karla da Silva Leitzke : Programme officer
Juvita Guterres : Programme officer
Johanes Bosco : Programme officer
Dulce Gusmão : Programme officer
Marlina Viegas : Secretary
Iveta Hronova : Finance & Contracts Officer
Nélia Chaves : Secretary
Audrey Picard : Head of Section
Wolfango Maia Ximenes : Administrative Assistant
Juvita Ximenes : Accounting Assistant
Maria Exposto : Secretary
Dionisio de Jesus : Receptionist
Abel Maria Leão : Driver
Sidin Abdul Pinus : Driver