About the Ambassador
His Excellency Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
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His Excellency Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis has been the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States since March 1, 2019.
From 2012 to February 2019, he served as the EU Special Representative for Human Rights. In 2011, he was Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece. Between 2004-2011, he was twice elected as a Member of the European Parliament with the Greek Social Democratic Party (PASOK). He has also served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-11), Vice-President of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (2004-09), and Head of the PASOK Delegation (2005-11).
Between 2000-2004, Ambassador Lambrinidis was Director-General of the International Olympic Truce Centre, an International Olympic Committee organization. His other roles include Ambassador ad personam of the Hellenic Republic (1999-2004); Secretary-General of the Greek Foreign Ministry, responsible for Expatriate Greeks (1996-99); and Chief of Staff to the Greek Foreign Minister (1996).
Ambassador Lambrinidis was born in Athens in 1962. He studied Economics and Political Science at Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts, 1984) and Law at Yale Law School (Juris Doctor, 1988). He is married and has a daughter.
Deputy Ambassador Biography
Deputy Ambassador Michael Curtis
Michael Curtis has been the EU Deputy Ambassador to the US since September 1st 2019. Immediately before joining the Delegation, he served in the team of the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, advising her on a number of important foreign policy issues for the past 5 years including on Transatlantic relations.
He has had a long career in the European Union institutions working mainly on foreign policy and external relations, trade, development and humanitarian issues. From 2004 to 2008, he worked as the EU Humanitarian Affairs Counsellor to the United Nations in New York. From 2000 to 2004, he worked on the team of the EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, first as Press Spokesperson then as a member of his Staff.
Mr. Curtis has also had two stints working for the European Commission’s Secretariat General focusing on relations with the EU Member States in the area of foreign policy and trade, then relations with the European External Action Service where he was closely involved with its setting up in 2010.
Mr. Curtis has a Bachelor’s degree in French and Politics from Leicester University in the U.K and a post-graduate Master’s degree in European Politics from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is a dual Italian/British national.