The Role of the EU Delegation
The Delegation of the European Union to Yemen has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Yemen. The EU Delegation in Sana'a is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world.
The EU seeks to develop a closer relationship with Yemen with the aim to enhance political dialogue, trade and economic cooperation, development cooperation, respond to humanitarian needs and to encourage the reform and state building processes.
In 2004, the European Commission opened a regionalised Delegation in Sana’a with a locally based Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, under the authority of the Head of Delegation in Jordan. From 1 December 2009 with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the Delegation of the European Commission to Yemen has become the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Yemen.
The first Head of Delegation, Ambassador Michele Cervone d'Urso, handed over his credentials to President Ali Abdulah Saleh on 13 December 2009 as the first resident EU Head of Delegation with the diplomatic title of Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen.
The relations between the EU and Yemen are currently governed by a Cooperation Agreement which was signed in 1998. The EU follows a comprehensive approach to support Yemen’s efforts to address it challenges and central to this approach is the Country Strategy Paper 2007 – 2013 and Multiannual Programme 2011 – 2011. The EU response concentrates on three main areas:
- Support for state-building and governance with emphasis on the relation between central government and local authorities.
- Social development with specific focus on health and social welfare.
- Economic development and livelihoods, contributing to the expansion of the private sector and combating rural poverty.
The Delegation's mandate includes the following:
- To ensure the representation of the European Union in the Republic of Yemen;
- To promote the political and economic relations between Yemen and the European Union by maintaining extensive relations with Governmental institutions and Non-State actors and by increasing awareness of the EU, its institutions and its programmes;
- To inform the public of the developments shaping the EU and to explain and defend individual EU policies;
- To participate in the implementation of the European Union's assistance programmes;
- Contributes to coordination with Member State embassies, particularly in the fields of political relations, security, trade and external assistance.