Ambassador Manfredo Fanti, Head of the European Union Delegation to Tanzania and to the EAC.
Message from the Ambassador
I am very glad to welcome you to the website of the European Union Delegation to the United Republic of Tanzania and to the East African Community (EAC). You will find here information about the relations of the EU with Tanzania and with the EAC.
In this short message, I would like to explain what are the responsibilities of the Ambassador of the European Union accredited to a partner country such as Tanzania.
As representative of the European External Action Service acting under the authority of the High Representative and Vice President (HRVP) Josep Borrell, the EU Ambassador carries out at the level of the partner country, the EU foreign policy as the HRVP determines at central level. This task is implemented according to the mandate of the Council of the European Union, which is the institution gathering the Ministers of all EU Member States. Just as the HRVP chairs the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council, so the EU Ambassador chairs the meetings of the EU Member States Ambassadors in Tanzania.
One of the essential tasks of the HRVP, and accordingly of the EU Ambassador, is to ensure the unity and consistency of the EU foreign policy. They do not exercise authority over the EU Member States, but shall achieve this result by means of their proposals and initiatives.
The EU Ambassador is also the Head of the European Union Delegation in the country and, in this regard, he/she is responsible for the management of all other activities of the Delegation. In Tanzania, the most important one is the implementation of the development cooperation programmes, but there are also the economic relations, especially trade and economic diplomacy, the interaction with the different components of the Tanzanian society (institutional and political actors, business, academia, civil society etc.), information and public diplomacy activities and cultural initiatives.
Finally, some information about myself: I started my career at the EU in 1993. I have always been working in the external relations of the EU with the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with the Maghreb countries, with Latin America and the Caribbean and, since October 2019, in Tanzania. The Delegation of the EU in Tanzania is a team of 52 people.
Manfredo Fanti, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Tanzania.