|Author (Corporate)||European External Action Service|
|Content Type||Key Source, Overview|
The Treaty of Lisbon which came into force in December 2009 contained two important institutional innovations that impacted on EU external action, it created:
+ A President of the European Council (renewable two and a half year term)
In November 2009, the European Council appointed Catherine Ashton High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. In this capacity she chaired the Foreign Affairs Council. She was also a Vice-President of the European Commission and ensures consistency and coordination of EU external action. Her term of office comes to an end in 2014.
The High Representative is assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS). EEAS staff come from the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council and the Diplomatic Services of EU Member States.
A review of the first years of the EEAS took place in 2012-13 and the EU Member States adopted Council Conclusions on the EEAS Review in December 2013.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|