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Eugene Power
Head of Administration, European Commission Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan

Originally from Tramore, Co. Waterford.

About your job: Working in the Delegations gives me opportunities to see and learn about other peoples and cultures. Also to see and appreciate the achievements of the EU 'from the outside'.

Why the EU? I enjoy getting things done and working at an EU Delegation enables you to see through what you have started.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Obviously the ERDF and ESF Funds were the big boost; however the greatest benefit has been to gain confidence in being able to compete with the best. This was certainly not the case in 1973.

Based: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Languages: German (at College)
French (Commission Training Course)
English (School)
Irish (School)
Spanish (Commission Training Course)

Books/Music: "The Accidental Diplomat' by Eamon Delaney