European Parliament’s Briefing on Strengthening the EU’s external representation: the role of the European external action service, May 2010

This report examines areas that require further consideration in the development of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The report considers six key challenges and explores the extent to which these have been adequately addressed by the October 2009 Presidency report on the EEAS. The first of these is the creation of a distinctive institutional identity that needs to overcome the challenges of integration and inter-institutional competition. The EEAS also needs to address two sets of putative tasks if it is to be effective: those of internal co-ordination and external representation. Further key areas to which consideration need to be given are the composition of the service, including the role of EU delegations and the EU’s Special Representatives. Finally, the report explores the relationship between the responsibilities of the Parliament and the EEAS.

Author: Richard G. Whitman, University of Bath