Delphine Borione

Deputy Secretary General for Social & Civil Affairs, Union for the Mediterranean

Delphine Borione (c)Martin Thorup Nielsen/DKI Benelux/More Europe

Delphine Borione is the Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs of the Union of the Mediterranean.

Prior to this, she was the Director of Cultural and Language Policies at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs since August 2009, and President of EUNIC Gobal from the 1st of July 2012 to the 1st of July 2013.

As a diplomat, Delphine Borione worked for the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Policy Branch and Operations. In 1999, she moved to the Balkans on humanitarian assistance operations for refugees from Kosovo, then joined the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In 2000, she returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, where she was responsible for the preparation of the G8, then she was called to the Presidency of the Republic in 2002-2003 for the French presidency of the G8 Summit in Evian. From 2003 to 2006, she was Cultural Councillor to the Embassy of France in Italy. She returned to the Presidency of the Republic in August 2006 as an Adviser on multilateral issues and on the G8. In November 2007, she was appointed Head of the Liaison Office of France in Kosovo, and then named Ambassador of France.

Delphine Borione has also written a guide to Rome, which was published in 1996, and numerous articles on environmental and cultural issues. In 1997, in Italy, she co-founded the cultural association Futuro. She was a director and treasurer of the association Patrimoine sans Frontières.

Je crois qu'on ne fera jamais fi de nos intérêts nationaux mais que la conviction profonde de tous ceux engagés dans la coopération transnationale est que nous serons plus forts ensemble qu’avec l’addition des actions individuelles.

We also want to empower the other cultures.

We are deeply convinced that we need a joint vision - all European countries, all European institutions and people - to be nore visible and coherent.

Les transformations et les révolutions arabes nous ont bien montré qu’il ne faut pas se focaliser uniquement sur les Etats : ce sont les autres acteurs qui incarnent la stabilité et la continuité de la société.