Matti Maasikas was nominated as EU Ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine in August 2019. In 2016-2019 he served in Tallinn as Deputy Minister for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including during the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, where his main task was overseeing relations with the EU institutions. Previously, among other positions, Ambassador Maasikas has served as the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU from 2011-16. He has worked in the office of the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, and in the team of advisors for the European Commission’s President, Jose Manuel Barroso. From 1999-2001 Matti Maasikas worked as the head of office for Prime Minister Mart Laar.