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European External Action Service 2.0

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Project start and finish dates: February 2012 - March 2014

Article 13(3) of Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (EEAS) required the High Representative to undertake a review of the organisation and functioning of the EEAS by mid-2013.

This research project, which was designed to reflect on the first three years of the EEAS and to contribute to the review process,  was led by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), the European University Institute (EUI) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and carried out in cooperation with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER), the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.

The project aimed at (i) producing a legal commentary on the 2010 Council Decision setting up the EEAS; (ii) reviewing the organisation and functioning of the EEAS, and (iii) formulating recommendations on both the interpretative room to accommodate changes to organisation and functioning EEAS à droit constant and how to amend the EEAS Council Decision where this interpretative room is lacking.

A Workshop was held at the EUI in March 2013 to discuss the main conclusions of the legal commentary, to collect views from key stakeholders about problems faced in the implementation of the EEAS Council Decision and, more broadly, the practical difficulties in the organisation and functioning of the EEAS, and to exchange ideas on how these difficulties might be overcome.

On 29 July 2013, the EEAS Review was published by High Representative Catherine Ashton.  

The outcome of the Workshop, after further discussion with the Workshop participants and other stakeholders in the light of the EEAS Review, is a policy briefing with recommendations:

EEAS 2.0: Recommendations for the amendment of Council Decision 2010/427/EU on the European External Action Service

This report offers specific recommendations for the amendment of the Council Decision 2010/427/EU on the EEAS, ahead of the General Affairs Council in December 2013 and the possible discussions on the revision of the Service in 2014.

The authors Steven Blockmans, Marise Cremona, Deirdre Curtin, Geert De Baere, Simon Duke, Christina Eckes, Christophe Hillion, Bart Van Vooren, Ramses Wessel and Jan Wouters make up the EEAS 2.0 team brought together by the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute, the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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