Welcome by the Head of Delegation
Ambassador James MORAN
Head of European Union Delegation to Egypt
A warm welcome to the website of the EU Delegation in Cairo.
Since I arrived in Egypt in early 2012, we have witnessed great changes, as the country goes through an historic transition in the wake of the January 2011 revolution. The country faces many challenges, as it strives for a democratic dispensation, economic development and social justice, and there remains much to be done if the hopes and aspirations of the revolution are to be realised.
The solutions will and must be 'made in Egypt', but by virtue of it being the country's closest neighbour, first trade and investment partner, the prime source of economic and development assistance, and through longstanding people-to-people contacts including tourism, the European Union has been very closely engaged with the country throughout these turbulent times at all levels, notably through visits from EU Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso and the frequent missions to Cairo by Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Our relations are formally underpinned by the 2004 EU-Egypt Association Agreement, which sets out our joint political commitments and facilitates cooperation across the board. The European Institutions and the 28 EU member states are committed to deepening our partnership. That is why we work with government, the private sector and civil society in so many areas here in Egypt. From democracy and human rights, through public services such as education, health and water, to infrastructure, science and technology, agriculture, and cultural cooperation, our efforts cover almost the entire spectrum here in the country.
The current assistance programme involves commitments of over 1 Billion Euros, and helps to leverage very significant amounts in terms of investment from European Development Banks, including the European Investment Bank. Details of these activities can be found at this site.
In the wider world, Egypt is the beating heart of this region and has traditionally been a major contributor to global governance. A healthy Egyptian heart is a crucial positive driver for the whole of the Middle East—and I daresay beyond. We are cooperating closely with Egypt on a number of issues here in the region and of course with the League of Arab States which has a major role in supporting transitions around the Arab World. The EU Delegation in Cairo is accredited both to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the LAS.
This website is an indispensable tool for those seeking to find out more about EU-Egypt relations, opportunities for cooperation or about the EU in general.
I hope you will find what you are looking for here, and don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.