João Vale de Almeida

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João Vale de Almeida
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Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations
Assumed office
16 October 2015
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Preceded byThomas Mayr-Harting
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
In office
10 August 2010 – 31 October 2014
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byJohn Bruton
Succeeded byDavid O'Sullivan
Personal details
João Vale de Almeida

(1957-01-29) 29 January 1957 (age 62)
Lisbon, Portugal
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
WebsiteOfficial website

João Vale de Almeida (born 29 January 1957) is a European diplomat (Portuguese national) who since October 2015 is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations.


Vale de Almeida studied history at the University of Lisbon and studied and received training in journalism and management in France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. After working as a journalist for seven years he joined the European Commission in 1982 at the European Commission delegation in Lisbon.[1]

During his time in the Commission he worked under Presidents Jacques Delors, Jacques Santer, Romano Prodi and José Manuel Barroso. Under Santer, in 1995, he became deputy chief spokesman for the Commission. In 1997 he was promoted to director at the Directorate-General (DG) for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual.[1][2]

When Commission President Romano Prodi took office in 1999, Vale de Almeida was a member of his transition team before being appointed as director at the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.[1][2]

Between 2004 and 2009, Vale de Almeida was the Head of Cabinet (Chief of staff and main adviser) for Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He accompanied President Barroso in all European Council meetings and ensured coordination with the private offices of Heads of State and Government in all 28 Member States of the EU. He was also the President’s Personal Representative for the negotiations on the Treaty of Lisbon and acted as his personal representative (sherpa) for G8 and G20 summits.[1][2]

From November 2009 until July 2010 he served as Director General of the Directorate-General for External Relations of the Commission.[1][2]

Vale de Almeida then served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014, after the Treaty of Lisbon increased the delegation's powers to speak for the whole of the EU (previously, they represented only the Commission).[3] In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement (TTIP).[2]

Since October 2015 Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ambassador João Vale de Almeida: Biography Archived 2015-11-13 at the Wayback Machine, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
  2. ^ a b c d e EUROPEAN CURRICULUM VITAE: VALE DE ALMEIDA, JOÃO, European Commission
  3. ^ Rettman, Andrew (11 August 2010 ) EU envoy to US flaunts new powers, EU Observer

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