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EU diplomatic service: EEAS

16 September 2010

On 26 July the Council of the European Union adopted a decision on establishing the European External Action Service (EEAS) and set out its organisation and functioning. The creation of the EEAS became one of the most significant changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. It is aimed at making the EU’s external action more coherent and efficient, thereby increasing the EU’s influence in the world.
The EEAS will assist the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in fulfilling her mandate. It will work in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the member states and comprise officials from relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council and of the Commission, as well as the staff seconded from the national diplomatic services of the member states.
Throughout the first half of 2010, Ashton sought agreement between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission as to the future shape of the EEAS. The Commission wanted to retain many of its existing competencies, while the Parliament wanted oversight over the EEAS through scrutiny over appointments and budgets. The High Representative submitted her proposal on the structure of the EEAS and a political agreement was reached in April at the General Affairs Council. The proposal was adopted by the European Parliament by a large majority on 8 July.

“We can now move forward to build a modern, effective and distinctly European service for the 21st century” shared Ashton. Formally the EEAS will come into being by the first anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU diplomatic service: EEAS

On 26 July the Council of the European Union adopted a decision on establishing the European External Action Service (EEAS) and set out its organisation and functioning. The creation of the EEAS became one of the most significant changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. It is aimed at making the EU’s external action more coherent and efficient, thereby increasing the EU’s influence in the world. The EEAS will assist the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in fulfilling her mandate. It will work in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the member states and comprise officials from relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council and of the Commission, as well as the staff seconded from the national diplomatic services of the member states. Throughout the first half of 2010, Ashton sought agreement between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission as to the future shape of the EEAS. The Commission wanted to retain many of its existing competencies, while the Parliament wanted oversight over the EEAS through scrutiny over appointments and budgets. The High Representative submitted her proposal on the structure of the EEAS and a political agreement was reached in April at the General Affairs Council. The proposal was adopted by the European Parliament by a large majority on 8 July. “We can now move forward to build a modern, effective and distinctly European service for the 21st century” shared Ashton. Formally the EEAS will come into being by the first anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty.