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Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates,
I hope you find the information on this website useful for understanding the EU's vision, the Delegation's mission and our special relationship with the UAE.
The EU continues to be a work in progress and a remarkable model of regional integration based on mutual political, economic, social and cultural exchange and cooperation.
Although the initial form of what we today know as the EU was established to foster economic cooperation between the countries, this purely economic community has evolved tremendously in the course of the past decades, fostering multi-dimensional integration.
As a result, it has delivered half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, helped raise living standards, and launched a single European currency. Indeed, it is true that the EU has recently been facing new challenges arising from economic difficulties. However, with our core principles in place, we are confident that not only will we be able to successfully deal with these issues, but these experiences will also lead the EU to grow stronger, more integrated and more united.
The relationship between the EU and the UAE has come a long way. Formal relations between the EU and the UAE developed in the framework of the 1988 EU-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cooperation Agreement, a region to region relationship with the countries of the GCC.
Following a decision by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton (at the time), the EU opened a Delegation to the United Arab Emirates in 2013. The establishment of an EU Delegation in Abu Dhabi is a testimony of the EU's commitment to strengthen its bilateral cooperation with the UAE.
The EU Delegation now employs 18 European and local staff, all of whom work towards initiating, promoting, supporting and developing bilateral dialogue and cooperation for the mutual benefit of the EU and the UAE, and, with that as our motto, the opportunities to forge deeper and stronger connections and cooperation are countless. The EU and the UAE can now cooperate more closely in terms of political dialogue, humanitarian cooperation, non-proliferation, counter terrorism, counter-piracy, trade and development.
I hope you enjoy surfing our website. I would also like to invite you to follow us on twitter @EUintheUAE
Thank you for your interest
Head of Delegation
Ambassador Patrizio Fondi
Personal Assistant to the Head of Delegation
Ms Tiziana Fantuzzi
Head of the Political, Press & Information Section
Mr Jean-Bernard Bolvin
Executive Assistant to the Head of the Political, Press & Information Section
Ms Hanadi Abou Al Naaj
Minister Counsillor for Digital Diplomacy
Mr Peter Diry
Head of Administration
Ms Stavroula Mitsopoulou
Dr Taina Sateri
OLAF (EU Anti Fraud Office) Liaison Officer
Mr Dragos-Lucian Vacarescu
Press & Information Officer / Focal Point for Cultural Affairs
Ms Yasmine Al-Farra
Mr Julien De Fraipont
Junior Political in Delegation / EU Liaison Officer on Human Rights Defenders
Ms Sophie Ramløv Barclay
Organizer of the Public Diplomacy Outreach Initiative - 'Sheikh Zayed & Europe: a Journey' Exhibition
Ms Rym Tina Ghazal
Ms Nawal Banat
Ms Sumayya M. Ramadan
Protocol and Logistics Officer
Mr Abdelghani Belghazi
Public Relations Officer
Mr Najmuddin Abdul Razak
Public Relations Officer
Mr Bassam Oneisi