The Delegation of the European Union in Guyana is part of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and is one of the more than 140 Delegations of the European Union in the world.

The Delegation in Guyana was established in December 1972 following the signature of the First Lomé Convention.

The Delegation represents the European Union in all matters of its competence. It actively promotes the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Governments and people of the countries to which it is accredited. It plays a key role in the implementation of the EU’s cooperation programmes and trade policies focussing on poverty reduction and the smooth and gradual integration of the countries into the world economy.

Following the entering into force of the EU Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, the Delegation as part of the EEAS has now assumed the role of representing, coordinating and negotiating on behalf of the European Union in the countries to which it is accredited. The Head of Delegation, who has ambassadorial rank in his host countries, reports to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mr Josep Borrell-Fontelles , who is also a Vice President of the European Commission.

The EU Delegation works closely with EU Member States represented in the host countries. The task of the Delegation, beyond the representation of Community interests, is one of co-ordination and co-operation with these missions. France (Suriname), the Netherlands (Suriname), are those EU Member States who have embassies in the countries to which this Delegation is accredited, though many more are represented by non-resident Ambassadors and Honorary Consuls.
Ambassador/ Head of Delegation – Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó

Head of Political, Press & Information Section – Evelina Melbarzde

Head of Cooperation – Karel Lizerot
  1. The European Green Deal:

This is a lifeline to tackle the existential threat of climate change and environmental degradation. It will also incorporate actions to deal with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Green Deal will transform the EU into a resource efficient, competitive economy. This will mean no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 and economic growth decoupled from resource use. The Green Deal will be financed by one third of the 1.8 trillion Euro investments from the NextGeneration EU Recover Plan and EU’s seven-year budget. To learn more, go to https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

  1. Renewable Energy Directive:

The EU has a Renewable Energy Directive which is the legal framework for the development of renewable energy across all sectors of the EU economy. It establishes common principles and rules to remove barriers, stimulate investments and drive cost reductions in renewable energy technologies, and empowers citizens, consumers and businesses to participate in the clean energy transformation.

There is a proposed revision of the Renewable Energy Directive. A part of the revision involves the consideration of two strategies outlining ways of creating an integrated energy system and turning hydrogen into a viable solution to help reach the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Read more at https://energy.ec.europa.eu/topics/renewable-energy/renewable-energy-directive-targets-and-rules/renewable-energy-directive_en

  1. Marine Protected Areas:

One of the main objectives of the European Union’s Marine Directive is that the decline of biodiversity caused by human activities is prevented and that biodiversity is protected. Another objective of the Marine Directive is to contribute to the fulfilment of international commitments by both the European Union (EU) and the Member States in the field of protection of marine waters. RESEMBID is guided by this Directive.

Read more at https://ec.europa.eu/environment/marine/international-cooperation/index_en.htm

  1. Coastal Zones

Coastal zones are among the most vulnerable areas to climate change and natural hazards. Risks include flooding, erosion, sea level rise as well as extreme weather events. These impacts are far reaching and are already changing the lives and livelihoods of coastal communities.

Because the well-being of populations and the economic viability of many businesses in coastal zones depend on the environmental status of these areas, it is essential to make use of long-term management tools, such as integrated coastal management, to enhance the protection of coastal resources whilst increasing the efficiency of their uses.

Read more about how the EU approaches this at https://ec.europa.eu/environment/iczm/index_en.htm

Media and Publications

Highlighting the sustainable human development efforts of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories.

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RESEMBID Formulation Missions Brochure

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RESEMBID Press Release

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Launch of RESEMBID OCT-COP

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