On March 29, His Excellency João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, delivered the annual State of the European Union address as part of the Eleventh Annual EU Day, sponsored by the European Union Center. You can watch his full address below or by clicking here.
Ambassador Vale de Almeida presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on August 10, 2010. Prior to his appointment in Washington, 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/European Commission 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.