European Union External Action

EU Special Representatives

31/05/2021 - 15:56

The European Union has Special Representatives in different countries and regions of the world.

The EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) promote the EU's policies and interests in troubled regions and countries and play an active role in efforts to consolidate peace, stability and the rule of law.

The EUSRs support the work of the EU High Representative/Vice President (HR/VP), in the regions concerned. They play an important role in the development of a stronger and more effective EU Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and in the Union's efforts to become a more effective, more coherent and more capable actor on the world stage. They provide the EU with an active political presence in key countries and regions, acting as a “voice” and “face” for the EU and its policies.

The EUSRs cover the following: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central Asia, Horn of Africa, Human Rights, Kosovo, Middle East Peace Process, Sahel and South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.

Mr Johann Sattler is the EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1 September 2019. His mandate is to ensure continued progress in the Stabilisation and Association Process, with the aim of a stable, viable, peaceful and multiethnic and united BiH, cooperating peacefully with its neighbours and irreversibly on track towards membership of the Union. He also supports the implementation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) in BiH.

Twitter account: @josattler

Ms Terhi Hakala is the EU Special Representative for Central Asia since 1 July 2021. According to the mandate, the EU Special Representative focuses on the EU’s continued and comprehensive cooperation with the countries in the region. The cooperation covers a broad range of matters in the following sectors: security, rule of law, environment, water, climate change, education, and human rights with an emphasis on women and girls. In line with the European Strategy for Central Asia, it is also important to promote development of business environment, to stimulate investment and to foster sustainable connectivity.

Terhi Hakala has previously worked as the Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN, WTO and other international organizations in Geneva; Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Ambassador to India; Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia; and as Finland’s Roving Ambassador to the South Caucasus. She was most recently Ambassador for Countering Hybrid Threats of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She seeks to build upon her long experience to channel strong cooperation in-between the EU and Central Asia region.

Twitter account: @EUSR_CA

Ms Annette Weber was appointed as EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa on 1 July 2021. The mandate of the Special Representative is to actively contribute to regional and international efforts to achieve lasting peace, security and development in the region. The Special Representative also aims to enhance the quality, intensity and impact of the EU’s multifaceted engagement in the Horn of Africa.

Ms Annette Weber is a German national with over 25 years of experience in the region having facilitated peace talks at the highest political levels. She has an established track record of advising the UN, the EU and the German government on the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region. She is also a speaker at the Munich Security Conference on regional issues.

Twitter account: @EUSR_Weber


Mr. Eamon Gilmore is the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, since 1 March 2019. In February 2021, his mandate was extended for a further two years until 28 February 2023.

The tasks of the Special Representative for Human Rights are to enhance the presence, effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy in the EU external actions.

The Special Representative has a broad, flexible mandate, capable of adapting to evolving geopolitical circumstances. The Special Representative works closely with the European External Action Service and other EU institutions, which provide full support to his work.

Mr Eamon Gilmore is a former Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland. He had government responsibility for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, including its core human rights provisions. He is a former OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Since October 2015, he is also the High Representative's Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process.

Twitter account: @EamonGilmore

Mr Tomáš Szuyog was appointed European Union Special Representative for Kosovo on 1 September 2020. In order to achieve the policy objectives, the mandate includes the task of offering the EU’s advice and support in the political process and promote overall Union political coordination in Kosovo.

Mr. Sven Koopmans was appointed EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on 1st May 2021.

The mandate of the EUSR for the Middle East Peace Process is to provide an active contribution to the final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution, in line with the UNSCR 2334 (2016). The EUSR maintains to this end close contacts with all parties in the peace process as well as with the United Nations and other relevant organisations such as the League of Arab States.

The EUSR supports the work of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on this issue and maintains an overview of all EU activities linked to the Middle East Peace Process.

Twitter account: @EUSR_Koopmans

Ms Emanuela Claudia Del Re took up the duties of EU Special Representative for the Sahel on 1 July 2021. Her mandate is to lead the EU's contribution to regional and international efforts for lasting peace, security and development in the Sahel. She also coordinates the EU's comprehensive approach to the regional crisis, on the basis of the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel.

Ms Emanuela Claudi Del Re is an Italian national with a long academic career, having conducted extensive research in conflict areas in the Middle East, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She was a member of the Italian Parliament and served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Twitter account: @ecdelre

Mr Toivo Klaar was appointed EUSR for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia on 13 November 2017. His mandate is based on the policy objectives of the Union for the South Caucasus in accordance with the existing mechanisms, including the OSCE and its Minsk Group, to prevent conflicts in the region, to contribute to a peaceful settlement of conflicts in the region, including the crisis in Georgia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, by promoting the return of refugees and internally displaced persons and through other appropriate means, and to support the implementation of such a settlement in accordance with the principles of international law; to engage constructively with the main interested actors regarding the region; to encourage and support further cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and, as appropriate, their neighbouring countries; and to enhance the Union's effectiveness and visibility in the region.

Twitter account: @ToivoKlaar

On 2 April 2020, Mr. Miroslav Lajčák was appointed EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues. His appointment is testament to the European Union’s desire to intensify the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and its engagement in the Western Balkans. As part of his mandate, he works towards achieving comprehensive normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. He also focuses on improving good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans and promoting reconciliation, enhancing the EU's visibility and effectiveness through public diplomacy, as well as contributing to the unity, consistency and effectiveness of the EU's action in the Western Balkans.

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