The New EU Foreign Policy Architecture: Reviewing the first two years of the EEAS

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Series Details February 2013
Publication Date February 2013
ISBN 978-94-6138-262-7
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This CEPS book examines two interrelated questions: 1) How has the European External Action Service (EEAS) functioned in the EU institutional architecture in the first two years of its existence? 2) What improvements can be made through the 2013 review and the 2014 revision of the EEAS’ mandate?

The study contributes to the current debate through an in-depth examination of the EEAS’ relations with the EU member states, the European Commission, the European Parliament and its Delegations. The analysis is complemented by in-depth interviews conducted with senior officials from the relevant institutions. The authors put forward specific recommendations, organised around three basic roles that the EEAS plays in the EU’s external relations:

a) leader,
b) coordinator and
c) information hub.

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