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European External Action Service

 

SUMMARY OF:

Council Decision 2010/427/EU – establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?

KEY POINTS

The EEAS comes under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. It assists the High Representative in executing their mandates, as regards:

The EEAS also assists the General Secretariat of the Council, the Commission and the diplomatic services of the EU countries, in order to ensure the consistency of European external action.

Lastly, the EEAS supports the Commission in preparing and implementing programmes and financial instruments relating to EU external action.

Central administration

The headquarters of the EEAS is in Brussels. It is managed by an Executive Secretary-General operating under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The central administration of the EEAS is organised in directorates-general dealing with:

  • thematic and geographic areas of action, covering all countries and all global regions;
  • administrative management, the security of information and communication systems, budget management and human resources;
  • crisis management and planning, the European Union Military Staff and the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre – EU INTCEN (formerly the EU Situation Centre – SITCEN) to conduct the CFSP.

A network of delegations

The EEAS is also made up of the EU delegations to non-EU countries and different international organisations. Each of them is directed by a Head of Delegation, under the authority of the High Representative and of the EEAS. The Head of Delegation represents the EU in the country concerned.

The delegations cooperate and share information with the diplomatic services of the EU countries.

The Executive Secretary-General of the EEAS is responsible for the financial and administrative evaluation of each delegation.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 26 July 2010.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (OJ L 201, 3.8.2010, pp. 30–40)

last update 28.06.2016

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