EEAS 2.0: draft recommendations for the 2013 EEAS Review

Steven Blockmans, Marise Cremona, Deirdre Curtin, Geert de Baere, Simon Duke, Christina Eckes, Christophe Hillion, Bart Van Vooren, Ramses A. Wessel, Jan Wouters

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This document offers recommendations for the amendment of Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (hereinafter ‘EEAS Decision’). These recommendations have been distilled from discussions between academics and practitioners during a two-day workshop held at the European University Institute in March 2013 in the framework of the so-called ‘EEAS 2.0’ project. This research project is a collaboration between independent scholars brought together by SIEPS, the EUI and CEPS. In February 2013, the team published a legal commentary on the EEAS Decision, available on the websites of the participating research centres. The current paper and its recommendations should be read in the light thereof. In formulating the recommendations, attention has been paid to policy papers, non-papers and recommendations that have been initiated by EU institutions, member states, think tanks and academia, notably in the context of the on-going review. As such, we hope to be able to inform, in a precise and legal way, the discussions in preparation of the High Representative’s own report. The current paper is work in progress and will be revisited for publication after the summer, taking into account the High Representative’s report of July and feedback from other stakeholders The current paper sheds light on possible adjustments in the operation of the Decision/Service ‘à droit constant’, but also includes proposals that could be considered in the context of an amendment of the EEAS Decision. With regard to the latter, several levels of revision may be envisaged: (i) a mere toilettage (e.g. deleting out-dated provisions and securing terminological consistency), (ii) technical changes in the text without reopening the political discussion that predated the adoption of the Decision and (iii) a more ambitious revision that could require more extensive legal modifications of collateral secondary measures (e.g. Staff and/or Financial regulations), if not of the founding treaties.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9 July External Action and Representation of the European Union: Implementing the Lisbon Treaty - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 Jul 20139 Jul 2013


Conference9 July External Action and Representation of the European Union: Implementing the Lisbon Treaty


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