Delegation of the European Union to the United States

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Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Washington Park Building.JPG
Address2175 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°54′9.86″N 77°02′55.09″W / 38.9027389°N 77.0486361°W / 38.9027389; -77.0486361Coordinates: 38°54′9.86″N 77°02′55.09″W / 38.9027389°N 77.0486361°W / 38.9027389; -77.0486361

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States represents the European Union in the United States, working in coordination with the diplomatic and consular missions of all the EU Member States. It is located at 2175 K Street, N.W., in the West End neighborhood of Washington, D.C..

Since March 2019, the Ambassador of the EU Delegation has been Stavros Lambrinidis.[1]


The Delegation of the European Union presents and explains EU policy to both the U.S. administration and Congress. The Delegation also analyzes and reports on the political, social, and economic situation in the U.S., and acts as a liaison with other international organizations in Washington, D.C. Through its engagement with political actors, the media, academia, business circles, and civil society, the Delegation raises awareness of EU issues and concerns, and promotes the EU-U.S. relationship among the broader American public.[2]

The Delegation represents the EU in matters where the Member States have agreed that their interests be represented collectively, for example, in areas of customs and trade. In contrast, the Embassy of each EU Member State represents the bilateral interests of that nation in its dealings with the U.S. government, and in areas that are not under specific EU jurisdiction. All consular affairs are dealt with by individual Member States.[3] The Delegation also sponsors the European Union Centers of Excellence, a network of university programs dedicated to the study of the EU.


The European Union has had a permanent presence in Washington, D.C. since 1954, which served as the EU's first overseas representation. Since 1964, the EU has also maintained an office in New York, which now serves as the EU Delegation to the United Nations.[4]


At diplomatic events, the EU ambassadorship followed national ambassadorships; i.e., it sat "on par with the African Union", which is also not a country.[5][6] In 2016, the Obama administration promoted the EU precedence to country-level (but only the Europeans, and not any other non-nations). In 2018, the Department of State returned the EU ambassadorship to non-country level, "back alongside the African Union."[7][8] Jan Ehler, from Germany, Chairman of the EU parliamentary Delegation for Relations with the United States, complained of the EU being relegated to "the bottom of the list."[9] In March 2019, the Department of State restored the diplomatic status of the European Union "as equivalent to that of a bilateral mission in the Diplomatic Corps Order of Precedence."[10]


Dries van Agt, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 1 January 1989 until 1 April 1995.

Among the Delegation's former Ambassadors, three also served as his country's prime minister: Jens Otto Krag, Dries van Agt, and John Bruton.

Embassy Sections[edit]

Head/Deputy Head of Delegation

  • Serves as official representative of the EU to the U.S.


  • Provides support services for the Delegation staff, building and residences
  • Consults with authorities in the European Commission and the U.S. on all protocol and administrative matters related to EU officials

Economic & Financial Affairs

  • Monitors and assesses U.S. economic performance
  • Liaises with U.S. authorities dealing with economic, financial, and monetary issues
  • Corresponds with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Multilateral Development Banks in areas of interest to the EU

Food Safety, Health & Consumer Affairs

  • Facilitates relations with the U.S. administration, U.S. Congress, industry and consumers in the above-mentioned areas

Political, Security & Development

  • Maintains contact with the U.S. administration and Congress on foreign, security, and development policy, counter-terrorism, justice and home affairs, and issues relating to human rights

Press & Public Diplomacy

  • Focuses on raising awareness of the EU in the U.S.
  • Maintains contact with U.S. media outlets and provides them with information and analyses of EU developments, positions, and statistics
  • Offers outreach grants for universities, think tanks, and NGOs
  • Produces and distributes information materials, maintains the Delegation's website, and deals with public inquiries
  • Organizes speaking tours and cultural events

Science, Technology & Education

  • Maintains relations with U.S. authorities at the Federal and State levels, research universities, national laboratories and the high tech industry
  • Processes information for the European Commission in Brussels and Luxembourg pertaining to trends in science, technology, and education

Trade & Agriculture

  • Monitors trade and regulatory developments in the U.S.
  • Maintains relations with the U.S. administration, Congress, and NGOs

Transport, Energy, Environment & Nuclear Matters

  • Analyzes U.S. political, economic and regulatory developments in the areas of transportation, energy, and environment[11]


Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. In this capacity, he represents European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk, under the authority of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. As of 2011, the Delegation has approximately 80 permanent staff members, including 30 officials.


On September 29, 2010, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton inaugurated the current EU Delegation to the United States.[12] The Delegation building was granted LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Immediate Change to the EU Delegation to the United States’ Protocol Status Retrieved 4 March 2019
  2. ^ The European Union Delegation to the United States: [1][permanent dead link] Retrieved 7 June 2011
  3. ^ The European Union Delegation to the United States: [2] Archived 2011-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 June 2011
  4. ^ The European Union Delegation to the United States: [3] Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 June 2011
  5. ^ "EU puzzled by downgrade of its ambassador to Washington". EURACTIV. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019. As a representative of an “international organisation”, he is on par with the African Union Ambassador to Washington, Arikana Chihombori Quao.
  6. ^ ANIELLA CHESLOW; JACKIE NORTHAM (9 January 2018). "'They Conveniently Forgot To Notify Us': EU Diplomat Downgraded In D.C." National Public Radio – NPR. Retrieved 10 January 2019. O'Sullivan has been listed as the head of an international organization, along with the African Union.
  7. ^ Michael Birnbaum; John Hudson (8 January 2018). "The Trump administration downgraded the E.U. ambassador — and didn't tell him". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2019. No longer will the European Union be as exalted as equivalent to a country. Instead it will be back alongside the African Union
  8. ^ Michael Knigge (8 January 2019). "Trump administration downgrades EU mission to US". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 10 January 2019. the bloc ambassador's status in Washington was upgraded to the level of a nation-state ambassador in September 2016, after a lengthy and intensive process by the State Department under former President Barack Obama.
  9. ^ "EU lawmakers decry Washington downgrading of EU ambassador". Deutsche Welle. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019. had been relegated to "the bottom of the list," wrote German Christian Democrat Christian Ehler, the delegation's chairman
  10. ^ Emma Anderson (2019-03-04). "US bumps EU diplomatic status back up after downgrade". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  11. ^ The European Union Delegation to the United States: [4] Retrieved 7 June 2011
  12. ^ Wikipedia High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Retrieved 10 June 2011
  13. ^ The European Union Delegation to the United States: [5] Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 June 2011

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