Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA

About the EU Delegation to Zambia

16/05/2016 - 17:13
About us - structure and organisation

The Delegation of the European Union in Zambia is part of the European Union External Service, and is one of the 140 Delegations around the world. The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union to the Republic of Zambia and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

The Delegation was opened in 1975, following Zambia’s signing of the first Lomé Convention. Since then, through the four subsequent Lomé Conventions and the current Cotonou Partnership Agreement, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the European Union have established a very dynamic and comprehensive partnership.

Initially, the role of the Delegation was mainly to implement development cooperation activities, in close cooperation with the Government of Zambia and the COMESA Secretariat respectively. Over the years the mandate of the Delegation of the European Union has progressively expanded and today the main responsibilities of the Delegation can be summarized as follows:

  • Ensures the representation of the European Union to the Republic of Zambia and COMESA

  • Ensures the follow up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and development cooperation

  • Ensures the follow up of EU policies in all sectors

  • Promotes and defend the values and interests of the EU

  • Collaborate closely with the work of the EU Member States’ Embassies and coordinate in the fields of EU competences

  • Carries out Common Foreign and Security Policy demarches

  • Reports back to Headquarters on all matters of interest for EU policies

  • Carries out press and public diplomacy activities in pursuit of all the above

  • Ensures the multi-annual programming of development aid and the management of development programs and projects

The Delegation, which works closely with Member States' Embassies in Zambia and Member States represented from outside Zambia, is fully involved in the political dialogue with Zambia and is also part of the coordination with the international partners represented in Zambia though the Cooperating Partners Group amongst other coordination mechanisms.

Moreover, the Delegation plays an important role in economic regional integration and trade issues both at the bilateral level and at the regional level through its joint work with the COMESA Secretariat.

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zambia and to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

The European Union and Zambia enjoy a long standing friendship and excellent relations. Over the years, the relations with Zambia have grown and now cover political, development, economic and trade relations and other areas of mutual interest such as climate change, security etc which are part of our dialogue. Relations with COMESA are also excellent and focus on economic regional integration matters where the European Union is able to share with COMESA its own direct experiences accumulated during our own internal integration. 

The website of the Delegation intends to provide you with brief and concise information about the partnership between the European Union and the Republic of Zambia and COMESA respectively. It also informs you on the role of the Delegation. While the Delegation website is certainly the first place to find a wealth of information about specific matters pertaining to EU-Zambia and EU-COMESA relations, I encourage you to equally consult the Europa website where you will find more general information on the policies of the European Union.

Building on more than 40 years of relations, the Delegation works together with the Member States of the European Union, to further strengthen and improve the excellent relations which exist between the European Union and its partners.

Our website will provide you with hyperlinks to the websites of the European Union Member States resident in Zambia for your perusal.

We thank you for visiting our website and please do not hesitate to contact us should you require additional information or for comments and suggestions. Your feedback will be very much appreciated as we constantly strive to improve our website as well as our Facebook page.

I wish you a good and informative reading.

Ambassador Alessandro Mariani, Head of Delegation


Ambassador - Head of Delegation 
Alessandro MARIANI

Assistant to the Ambassador

Head of Political, Press & Information Section

Head of Cooperation
Gianluca AZZONI

Team Leader for "Rural Development, Economics and Regional Integration"

Team Leader for "Infrastructure" 

Team Leader for "Social Sectors and Governance" 
Elisabeth LOACKER

Head of Section "Finance, Contracts and Audit"
Laetitia CADET

Deputy Head of Section "Finance, Contracts and Audit"
Trijntje TALEN

Head of Administration
Antonella MARRA

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