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Ambassador João Vale de Almeida

Ambassador Vale de Almeida is the first EU diplomat to occupy the position of EU Ambassador to the United States since the Treaty of Lisbon came into force on December 1, 2009.

The ambassador actively reaches out to various U.S. audiences from the government to the private sector to think tanks and educational forums. He speaks to groups throughout the country, grants media interviews, and participates in panels on EU-related topics.

You can learn more about Ambassador Vale de Almeida by reading his biography, following his Twitter feed, and browsing selected speeches, video, and media appearances. Check out his travel plans and find out which States he visited.

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    João Vale de Almeida Biography

    Ambassador João Vale de Almeida is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Obama on August 10, 2010.

    Prior to his appointment in Washington as the European Union’s Ambassador, he served as the Director General for External Relations at the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President Baroness Ashton, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

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    On August 10, 2010, João Vale de Almeida presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, formally becoming the new European Union Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to the United States. In his Presentation of Credentials letter to the US President, Ambassador Vale de Almeida said he had witnessed President Obama’s commitment to a more effective transatlantic relationship on several occasions. “I fully share this ambition and will work towards making it a reality,” he said.

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    Beyond the Beltway

    Since taking the helm of the EU Delegation in 2010, Ambassador Vale de Almeida has traveled across the United States to engage with local and state government officials, public and private sector leaders, and think tanks and educational forums. On his travels, he also speaks to student groups, grants media interviews, and participates in panels on EU-related topics.

    For a complete overview of his business travel, please navigate the map below.

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João Vale De Almeida – WVU College of Business & Economics Speakers Series