EEAS Gets the Green Light

Catherine Ashton, European Commission vice-president and high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. Photo by: European Parliament / CC BY-NC-ND European ParliamentCC BY-NC-ND

The Council of the European Union has given its blessing to the establishment of the European External Action Service.

Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, welcomed the council’s July 26 decision. 

“I am delighted that in four short months since I tabled the proposal, we have come so far,” Ashton said. “The reason is simple: Europe needs to shape up to defend better our interests and values in a world of growing complexity and fundamental power shifts.”

The council has set out the specific functions of EEAS. The service will be headquartered in Brussels and will operate as an autonomous body, separate from the council’s General Secretariat and the European Commission. 

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