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We promote EU policies in the United States, which includes presenting and explaining EU actions to the U.S. Administration and Congress. By engaging with political actors, the media, academia, business, and civil society, we raise awareness of EU issues and concerns, and promote the importance of the EU-U.S. relationship among the American public. We also analyze and report on the political, social, and economic situation in the U.S. to our headquarters in Brussels.
Since 1964, the EU has also maintained an office in New York, which now serves as the EU’s Delegation to the United Nations.
The European Union Delegation to the United States began in 1954 as a small two-person information office for the newly-formed European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). Today, the EU Delegation is located at 2175 K Street NW and employs approximately 90 staff members, about 30 of whom are EU diplomats.
Learn more about the history of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C.
David O’Sullivan was appointed Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C., in November 2014. As the European Union’s top diplomat to the United States, Ambassador O’Sullivan oversees the EU’s bilateral relationship with the U.S. and the direction and work of the EU Delegation including political, economic and commercial affairs. He represents the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and supports the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in implementing the EU’s foreign policy.
Read Ambassador O'Sullivan's biography.
Caroline Vicini assumed the post of Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, D.C., on September 1, 2015. She oversees the daily management of the Delegation and steps in when the Ambassador is absent. She chairs the weekly Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) meeting, the venue for coordination between the 28 EU Member State embassies.
Read Deputy Head of Delegation Caroline Vicini's biography.
The Trade and Agriculture section monitors trade and regulatory developments in the U.S., including agriculture. It works closely with the U.S. Administration, Congress, industry, and NGOs.
The Press and Public Diplomacy section works to enhance awareness in the U.S. of the EU and its policies. From engaging on social media to responding to public inquiries, the section serves as the Delegation’s first line of contact with the public and press. Maintaining close contact with U.S. media, the section provides up-to-date information and analyses of EU developments and positions. It produces a wide range of content and communications for the Delegation, from its publication on Medium to its podcast series – EU Now. Additionally, the section manages several education initiatives and other programs in support of the EU's policy agenda and organizes a variety of outreach activities, including policy-related events and conferences, major cultural festivals, study tours, and press briefings.
The Political, Security and Development section follows all aspects of the transatlantic agenda and closely monitors the work of Congress and the U.S. Administration on foreign, security, and development policy, counterterrorism, justice and home affairs, and human rights. The section maintains regular contact with a broad range of Washington-based NGOs, think tanks, and civil society organizations and serves as liaison between the EU and the international financial institutions and U.S. agencies based in Washington, D.C., for issues related to the development agenda: World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). PSD also coordinates EU’s role as permanent observer to the Organization of American States. For the section's work on the abolition of capital punishment, please visit the death penalty archive.
The Global Issues and Innovation section monitors and analyzes U.S. political, economic, and regulatory developments in the areas of transportation, energy and environment, research and innovation, space, food safety (which includes plant and animal health and animal welfare), public health and healthcare, and consumer protection. The section facilitates both strategic high-level and bottom-up transatlantic cooperation. It works closely with the U.S. Administration, Congress, research universities, national laboratories, industry, consumer groups, and the U.S.-based EU Member States Counselors, liaising on all matters with the European Commission.
The Economic and Financial Affairs section monitors and assesses U.S. economic performance and liaises with U.S. authorities dealing with economic, financial and monetary issues. It also liaises with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and multilateral development banks in areas of interest to the EU.
The Administration Section is responsible for the provision of support services for Delegation staff, building, and residences, through the authorized allocation of budgetary resources; and liaising with appropriate authorities in the European Commission and the United States, including the U.S. State Department, on all protocol and administrative matters related to EU officials.