Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

About the EU Delegation to Ukraine

16/05/2016 - 19:06
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Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

The Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine was opened in the centre of Kyiv in September 1993.

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 Ukraine.

The Delegation in Kyiv is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world.

The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Ukraine.

The institutions of the European Union are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors.

On 1 January 2007 the European Union completed its fifth enlargement that had started in May 2004. 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.

The Delegation's mandate includes the following:

  • To promote the political and economic relations between Ukraine and the European Union by maintaining extensive relations with governmental institutions and by increasing awareness of the EU, it’s institutions and its programmes;
  • To monitor the implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Ukraine;
  • To inform the public of the development of the EU and to explain and defend individual EU policies;
  • To participate in the implementation of the European Union's assistance programmes.

Matti Maasikas began his career in the Estonian civil service in 1996, as the Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Chancellery of the Estonia Parliament. In 1999, he was nominated as Head of the Prime Minister Mart Laar's Private Office. He then entered the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Ambassador to Finland (2001-2005) and later (2005-2008) as Secretary-General in Tallinn. In 2009 he moved to Brussels where he joined the Cabinet of Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Economic and Monetary Affairs. He was then (2011-2016) the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU. 2016-2019 Mr Maasikas served in Tallinn as Deputy Minister for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including during the Estonian Presidency in the EU Council.

 

Mr Maasikas was nominated in August 2019 as EU Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

 

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Dear visitor,

 

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

 

We aim to provide you with accessible, accurate and up-to-date information to on the European Union and on the latest developments in EU-Ukraine relations. Since our principal goal is to inform the Ukrainian public, a large part of the website is in Ukrainian.

 

Over the past couple of years, relations between the EU and Ukraine have reached a new level. The Association Agreement we signed is the most ambitious and comprehensive agreement the EU has with another country. It is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area attached to it has given Ukrainian businesses preferential access to the largest market in the world and ensures that Ukraine is more and more integrated with the EU markets. Visa free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens aims to ensure that the Ukrainians feel welcome in the European Union and made contacts between students, businesspeople, and, yes, ordinary tourists easier and more frequent.

 

Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union. The EU stands by Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens, and is unwavering in its support for the country's independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. In last five years, the EU has put together for Ukraine the largest support package in the history of the European Union.  Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised more than €15 billion to support the reform process in Ukraine, in crucial areas like decentralisation, civil society, fight against corruption, education, culture, healthcare and others.

 

During the last EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv in July 2019, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and shared commitment to a broad reform agenda aimed at together improving the life of the Ukrainian citizens. My mission is to work hand-in-hand with all our Ukrainian partners to strengthen the EU-Ukraine cooperation based on shared interests and common values and thus bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union.

 

I invite you to visit our website and social media accounts regularly – daily if possible- to learn more on EU-Ukraine cooperation and on the activities and projects of the EU Delegation in Ukraine. Please feel free to come back to me and my team with your questions and comments.

                                                                       

Matti Maasikas

Ambassador

 

#Moving Forward Together

Twitter: @EUDelegationUA

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Head of Delegation

Matti MAASIKAS

Deputy Head of Delegation

Annika WEIDEMANN

Head of Political Section

Artur GEBAL

Head of Press & Information Section

Natacha EPHIMOFF

Head of Trade and Economic Section

Jana HERCEG

Head of Cooperation

Stefan SCHLEUNING

Head of Operations Section 1 "Good Governance and Democratisation”

 Martin KLAUCKE

First Counsellor, Head of Operations Section 2 "Local and Human Development"

Frederik COENE

Head of Operations Section 3 "Economic cooperation, energy, infrastructure and environment"

Johannes BAUR

Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit Section

Claus LECH

Head of Administration

Jitze BOSMA

Assistant to the Head of Delegation

Dominique COCHARD

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