Her Excellency Marianne Van Steen was appointed as EU Ambassador to Jamaica in October 2020. She has over 25 years of experience working in diplomacy and international development with the European Union. She is no stranger to the Americas, having completed a highly successful four-year term as EU Ambassador to Ecuador in 2020.
Ambassador Van Steen holds a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences and International Relations (Honours) from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. She also holds a Master’s in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Belgium.
Message from Ambassador
46 Years of EU-Jamaica Relations: Building a Partnership of Equals
It’s an honour to be here on the beautiful island of Jamaica. I look forward to working in partnership with the Government of Jamaica, with a view to deepening our comprehensive cooperation, which rests on a close relationship spanning 46 years.
Under my leadership, the European Union will push to remain close to Jamaica and the Caribbean, in an effort to build an even stronger partnership of equals to face global challenges together.
Looking to the future, I will seek to reinforce our political dialogue built on shared democratic values and our joint aspiration to reinforce efficient multilateralism. We will also be strengthening our firm cooperation in prioritised areas such as health, the environment, citizen security, justice reform, and gender-based violence.
H.E. Marianne Van Steen, Ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica