Get to know our Delegation: our mission and our team.

Our Mission

The Delegation of the European Union to China (Delegation) represents all the institutions of the European Union. 

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 countries that aims to promote peace and human development. It was founded on values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail. 

The 27 Member States delegate some critical national competencies on the EU to project solidarity and influence internally and externally. Since the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1958, the EU has delivered more than half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, helped to raise living standards and launched a single European currency: the Euro. Today, the EU is not only one of the three top world economies; it is also the world’s largest international aid donor.

The Delegation was established in Beijing in October 1988 and has full diplomatic privileges and immunities, with the Head of Delegation accorded ambassadorial status.

Our Competences

The Delegation is responsible for conducting official relations between China and the European Union. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, particularly the one representing the EU Presidency, which changes every six months.

The Delegation is a natural point of contact between the EU and the Chinese authorities, as well as others in China. However, it does not deal with trade promotion, consular matters or other issues that have traditionally been handled by the Member States’ embassies, consulates, trade agencies or national tourism offices. 

The EU Delegation keeps abreast the European External Action Service, the Commission and other EU institutions on significant political, economic and other developments in China and facilitates the operation and development of bilateral cooperation agreements.

Our Structure

Our team

EU Ambassador to China and Head of Delegation
Jorge Toledo

Deputy Head of Delegation
Tim Harrington

Head of Political Affairs, Press & Information
Maria Linder

Trade & Investment
Eva Valle-Lagares

Economic & Financial Affairs
Stefan Kuhnert

Environment, Climate, Energy, Maritime and Fisheries and Transport
Laurent Bardon

Research & Innovation
Niall Lawlor

Digital Policies
Gabriele Bertolli

International Development Cooperation
Pierre-Yves Lucas

Administration Section
Eric van Hemelryck