European External Action Service to Begin Work in Late 2010, Piebalgs Says

The European External Action Service should be operational by the end of 2010, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said.

The EEAS, a diplomatic corps proposed to take on some duties currently performed by the European Commission, “will be instrumental to deliver more coordinated, stronger, more visible European foreign policy with strong development component,” Piebalgs said June 29 at the Development Cooperation Forum hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York.

Piebalgs discussed the EU’s position to expedite progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. He reiterated the bloc’s plan to concentrate its development efforts on fragile states and least developed countries, as well as the need to mobilize domestic revenues in developing nations.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.