Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Welcome to our new Head of Delegation

01/02/2021 - 18:42
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We are pleased to welcome the new Head of the EU Delegation to Canada, Ambassador-designate Dr. Melita Gabrič, who begins her four-year mandate today.


Her nomination comes at a momentous time in EU-Canada relations, as we celebrate 45 years since the opening of the EU diplomatic mission in Ottawa on 19 February 1976. Canada and the European Union enjoy a vibrant strategic partnership built on shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We strive together for effective multilateralism, a progressive international policy agenda and inclusive trade. The unprecedented challenges that we all face offer us new opportunities to deepen our partnership and friendly relations.

Ambassador-designate Gabrič is a Slovenian career diplomat who served as Ambassador of Slovenia to Canada since 2018 and was concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Slovenia to Cuba. Dr. Gabrič holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and has extensive experience in both bilateral and multilateral international relations. Before coming to Canada, she was Director of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid in Slovenia. Prior to that, she served as Senior Advisor on Human Rights to two Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Ambassador-designate Gabrič was Diplomatic Advisor to both the President and Prime Minister of Slovenia and occupied the post of the Slovenian Consul General in New York.

Since 2020, Ambassador-designate Gabrič has had the honour of serving as Chairperson of the Women Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Ottawa.

Ambassador-designate Gabrič enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as skating and snowshoeing. She has a keen appreciation of contemporary art, literature, and design, and savours the beautiful natural landscapes and the rich cultural offerings of Canada.

Follow her @EUAmbCanada

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