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The EU Delegation:
I am delighted to welcome you to the EU Delegation's website, a platform on which you can find helpful information and resources about the EU's vision, the Delegation's mission and our special relationship with the UAE.
I was recently appointed as the Ambassador / Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UAE. I hold a degree in Economics (Bocconi University) and completed several courses at Cologne University, the London School of Economics (UK), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
I joined the European Union in 1996 and worked in the Arab region, in Syria and Palestine and was the Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan from 2015 to 2019.
The relationship between the EU and the UAE has come a long way. Formal relations between the EU and the UAE started in the framework of the 1988 EU-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cooperation Agreement, a region to region relationship with the countries of the GCC.
Subsequently, the EU decided then to strengthen bilateral relations and opened its Delegation to the United Arab Emirates in 2013.
In January 2018, a cooperation agreement between the European External Action Service and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was signed with the objective of scaling up the EU-UAE relations through an intensification of political dialogue and strengthened cooperation on key issues of mutual interest including trade, innovation, research and multilateral cooperation. In July 2019, the political dialogue was officially launched by the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash and the EEAS Secretary General Mrs. Helga Maria Schmid. This will be followed by senior official meetings to deepen the cooperation in key areas.
More than ever before, the EU and the UAE have an interest in cooperating more closely in terms of political dialogue, non-proliferation and counter terrorism, trade, economic relations and counter-piracy as well as humanitarian cooperation and development.
I am eager to build on this evolving relationship and intend to contribute in making it closer and stronger during the years to come with the support of my team in the Delegation. The team comprises eighteen European and non-European employees, all of whom work with me towards promoting and developing bilateral dialogue and cooperation for the mutual benefit of the EU and the UAE.
I hope that you will find the website useful in understanding the EU and our work in the UAE. I would like to invite you to follow us on Twitter and on Instagram using the following handle @EUintheUAE for the Delegation as well as my personal account @AndreaFontanaEU
Thank you for your interest.
Head of Delegation
H.E Andrea Matteo Fontana
Personal Assistant to the Head of Delegation
Ms Tiziana Fantuzzi
Deputy Head of Mission / Head of the Political, Press & Information Section
Mr Emil Hother Paulsen
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 (JPD)
Mr Kaloyan Vasilev
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