Diplomatic missions of the European Union

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The member states of the European Union are aligned in their foreign policy on many issues. The EU is the world's largest economic union, customs union and donor of humanitarian and development assistance and thus has an extensive network of delegations around the world mainly operating in the framework of External Relations, for which the European Commission is the main decision body. The EU also represents shared political and security viewpoints held by its member states, as articulated in the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

The EU's predecessor, the European Coal and Steel Community, opened its first mission in London in 1955, after three years non-EU countries began to accredit their missions in Brussels to the Community. The US had been a fervent supporter of the ECSC's efforts from the beginning, and Secretary of State Dean Acheson sent Jean Monnet a dispatch in the name of President Truman confirming full US diplomatic recognition of the ECSC. A US ambassador to the ECSC was accredited soon thereafter, and he headed the second overseas mission to establish diplomatic relations with the Community institutions.[1]

The number of delegates began to rise in the 1960s following the merging of the executive institutions of the three European Communities into a single Commission. Until recently some states had reservations accepting that EU delegations held the full status of a diplomatic mission. Article 20 of the Maastricht Treaty requires the Delegations and the Member States' diplomatic missions to "co-operate in ensuring that the common positions and joint actions adopted by the Council are complied with and implemented".

Management of the EU External Relations is conducted by the European External Action Service which reports to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Delegates are generally sent only to capital cities and cities hosting multilateral bodies.

The EU missions work separately from the work of the missions of its member states, however in some circumstances it may share resources and facilities. In Abuja, the EU mission shares its premises with a number of member states.[2] The European Commission also maintains representation in each of the member states.[3] For details on diplomatic representation, see Foreign relations of the European Union#Diplomatic representation.


European Union Delegation in London



Casa Europa in Dili, East Timor

North America[edit]

European Commission's Eastern Caribbean branch office in Barbados
Delegation of the European Union in Mexico City
European Union Delegation in Washington, D.C.


The Delegation of the European Union to Australia

South America[edit]

Non-resident Delegation[edit]

Resident in Bridgetown, Barbados

Resident in Suva, Fiji

Missions to open[edit]

Former Missions[edit]

Countries without formal diplomatic missions to the EU[edit]

Multilateral organisations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp As part of the process of establishment of the European External Action Service envisioned in the recently ratified Treaty of Lisbon, on 1 January 2010 all former European Commission delegations were renamed into European Union delegations and till the end of the month 54 of the missions were transformed into embassy-type missions that employ greater powers than the regular delegations. These upgraded delegations have taken on the role previously carried out by the national embassies of the member state holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taking Europe to the world: 50 years of the European Commission's External Service[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Unified External Service of the European Commission Unified External Service of the European Commission
  3. ^ "Representations in Member States". European Commission. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  4. ^ "EU commission 'embassies' granted new powers". EUobserver. 21 January 2010.
  5. ^ "EEAS content". European External Action Service – European Commission.
  6. ^ "EU office in northern K. Mitrovica". B92.net. 26 March 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Madagascar | EEAS Website".
  8. ^ "Delegation of the European Union to Eswatini".
  9. ^ "Delegation of the European Union in Juba, South Sudan".
  10. ^ "About the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei". Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  11. ^ "EU to open delegation in Kuwait – FM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled". Kuwait News Agency. 13 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Home". Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic.
  13. ^ "Home". Delegation of the European Union to the Lao PDR.
  14. ^ "Qatar: Establishment Agreement signed for opening of the EU Delegation in Doha | EEAS Website".
  15. ^ "Delegation of the European Union in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan".
  16. ^ "EU opens new office in Samoa". Radio New Zealand. 24 April 2014.
  17. ^ "EU to open office in Tehran in months". 7 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Decision on Schengen visa waiver for Omanis soon". 7 June 2022.
  19. ^ "European Union – Suriname Political Dialogue 2021 | EEAS".
  20. ^ "EU delegation to quit Suriname as part of cost-cutting". 4 January 2013.
  21. ^ European Commission Memo on Syria, 2014
  22. ^ "Yemen | EEAS Website".
  23. ^ "Delgva.ec.europa.eu". Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  24. ^ "PR German-Czech EU Presentation Credentials" (PDF). Asean.org.
  25. ^ "About European Delegation". Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  26. ^ "About the Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See, Order of Malta, UN Organisations in Rome, Republic of San Marino". Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  27. ^ Delvie.ec.europa.eu

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