Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York


01/05/2019 - 15:51
About us - structure and organisation

<p>Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations - New York.</p>

The European Union (EU) has Delegations accredited to the UN in Geneva, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Nairobi — and New York. Their role is to coordinate the EU’s day-to-day relations with the UN.

The Delegations also report back to EU headquarters in Brussels on the UN’s activities. Their reports feed into the political agenda in Brussels, which in turn creates a framework for operations at the local level. In addition, the Delegations work closely with EU countries which have a presence at UN offices.

In New York

The Delegation based in New York started work in 1974 when it was granted observer status at the 29th UN General Assembly. Before that it was an information office.

EU delegations operate under the authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini. The HRVP is supported by the External Action Service, which is tasked with working in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the Member States and comprised of officials from relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council and of the Commission as well as staff seconded from national diplomatic services of the Member States.

In addition to its coordination role, delegations also serve a reporting function, covering the breadth of the UN agenda or working with Member States on burden sharing. Delegation reports feed into the political agenda in Brussels, which in return creates the framework for operation at the local level.

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations

João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who was appointed as EU Ambassador to the United Nations from 16 October 2015.

Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as Director General of External Relations of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Between 2004 and 2009, Ambassador Vale de Almeida was the Head of Cabinet (Chief of staff and main adviser) for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He accompanied President Barroso in all European Council (EU Summit) meetings and ensured coordination with the private offices of Heads of State and Government in all 28 Member States of the EU. He was also the President’s Personal Representative for the negotiations on the Treaty of Lisbon.

Ambassador Vale de Almeida also acted as the EU “Sherpa” for G8 and G20 Summits between 2005 and 2010. In this capacity he prepared and attended annual G8 Summits in Gleneagles, UK; St Petersburg, RU; Heiligendamm, DE; Toyako-Hokkaido, JP; L’Aquila, IT; and Muskoka, CA. He accompanied President Barroso in the launching of G20 Summits in late 2008 in Washington and in subsequent meetings in London, Pittsburgh and Toronto in 2009 and 2010. He also attended Summit meetings with EU’s strategic partners around the world and with the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Earlier in his career in the European institutions, João Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee and worked closely in different capacities with and under the authority of former Commission Presidents Jacques Delors, Jacques Santer and Romano Prodi.

Immediately before joining President Barroso’s team in 2004, João Vale de Almeida held a senior position in the Directorate General for Education and Culture after serving as Deputy Chief Spokesman of the European Commission.

João Vale de Almeida joined the European Commission in 1982 at its Delegation in Lisbon, after spending seven years as a journalist. He holds a degree in History from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Ambassador Vale de Almeida was decorated in 2011 by the President of the Republic of Portugal with the ‘Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique’ (Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator).

João Vale de Almeida is Portuguese; he was born in Lisbon in 1957. He is married, has two children and recently became a grandfather.

Follow Ambassador Vale de Almeida on Twitter @ValedeAlmeidaEU


Office of the Head of the EU Delegation

H. E. Mr. João Vale de Almeida

Ambassador, Head of the Delegation

Mr. Serge Christiane

Minister Counsellor, Senior Adviser

Ms. Tine Benson

Attachée, Assistant


Office of the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation

Mr. Silvio Gonzato

Ambassador, Deputy Head of Delegation

Ms. Herminia Soares

Attachée, Assistant


Coordination, Press and Information

Mr. Sébastien Brabant

Head of Section

Ms. Evangelia Koutroumanidou

Attachée, Assistant

Mr. Marcel Pieper

Senior Outreach and Coordination Officer

Mr. Christopher Matthews

Press and Public Affairs Officer

Ms. Shila Patel

Public Affairs/Website Officer

Ms. Jelena Vujic

Event Coordinator/Planner

Ms. Margarida Pinheiro Torres



Legal and Institutional Affairs, Counter-terrorism and Sanctions

Mr. Eric Chaboureau

First Counsellor, Head of Section

Ms. Daniela Gauci

Counsellor, Legal Adviser

Mr. Ian Burrows




Political Affairs and Security Council

Mr. Guillaume Dabouis

First Counsellor, Head of Section, Elections, Security Council reform

Col Janos Balazsi

First Secretary, Military Issues, Peacekeeping, C34, EUMS PoC

Mr. Andrea Pontiroli

Counsellor, Middle East and North Africa

Ms. Carmen Csernelházi

Counsellor, Western Africa (Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, UNOWAS/The Gambia), Lake Chad Basin, fight against Boko Haram, Great Lakes region (Burundi, DRC, UNOCA), Sudan/South Sudan, Sudan sanctions, Peacebuilding Commission OC, Guinea PBC, Liberia PBC, Sierra Leone PBC, Burundi PBC, SEA (GA only)

Mr. Viktor Dvořák

Minister Counsellor, Europe, Americas, 4th Committee (non-Middle East & Peacekeeping/SPM issues), Asia: Afghanistan, Central Asia, 1st Committee, conventional non-proliferation

Ms. Rebecca Hallin

Counsellor, First Committee, Disarmament and Non-proliferation

Ms. Anne Schouw

Counsellor, Peacekeeping, Non-proliferation, Disarmament, Asian issues

Ms. Elisabete Palma

First Secretary, Sahel/Mali, CAR, CAR PBC, Somalia, African Union, financing peace operations, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Bissau PBC

Ms. Ellie Vance

Assistant, AGORA management and helpdesk - currently on leave

Ms. Linda Gueye

Assistant, AGORA management and helpdesk

Mr. Jakob Lundwall



Economic, Trade and Development

Mr. Antonio Parenti

Head of Section

Ms. Peggy Vissers

Counsellor, Development, Macroeconomic, Trade

Ms. Helge Zeitler


Ms. Agnieszka Klausa

First Secretary

Ms. Rosalinda Seldowitz


Ms. Foteini Ampatzi


Mr. Giovanni Maria Ficarra


Ms. Lilli Kulta



Humanitarian Affairs

Mr. Eduardo Fernandez Zincke

Counsellor, Head of Section

Ms. Maria Vinuela Rodriguez

Ms. Ineke Hordijk

Policy Assistant

Mr. Ian Burrows




UN Horizontal Issues, UN Budgets, Management and Reform

Mr. Jan de Preter

Counsellor, Head of Section

Ms. Karin Hochhaus


Ms. Katarina Salaj

Ms. Alina Maria Necula


Ms. Amelie Scholl



Human Rights and Social Affairs

Mr. Christophe Forax

First Counsellor, Head of Section

Ms. Dörthe Wacker

First Counsellor

Mr. Julien Bourtembourg

First Secretary

Ms. Thisvi Ekmektzoglou

First Secretary

Ms. Katharina Hermann


Ms. Venise Greffine

Assistant, Traineeship Coordinator

Mr. Ivan Ratkovic



International Cooperation and Development

Mr. Gustavo Martin Prada
Head of Section

Ms. Elisabeth Pape
Minister Counsellor for Development​

Mr. Carlos Casal
Counsellor for Development​

Mr. Mathieu Remond
First Secretary, Development, Macroeconomic, Trade

Ms. Geraldine Villeroux

Policy Assistant



Mr. Serge Christiane

Attaché, Head of Administration

Ms. Ilse Geukens

Deputy Head of Administration

Mr. Nicolas Atchinak

IT Officer

Ms. Cecile Fasulo

Human Resources

Ms. Anne Verheyleweghen


Ms. Gaelle Duchemin

Administrative and Cultural Affairs Officer

Mr. Daniel Borlandelli


Mr. Carlos Rodriguez


Ms. Jessica Hinds


Reception Team

Reception Desk/Meeting Services

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