The European External Action Service : Thinking through the Administrative Challenges

15-09-2008

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is part of the more general reforms and modifications to the external relations of the EU. Its precise function and composition are outlined only in a general manner in the Lisbon Treaty. This overview will consider the potential administrative questions that may arise from the institutional setting of the Service and the roles it may adopt. The task is complicated by the many questions that surround the institutional underpinnings of the service. With this in mind, the report will not offer any firm administrative prescriptions at this stage, but will attempt to consider the implications for the administration of the EEAS that may arise from the institutional permutations of the service.

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is part of the more general reforms and modifications to the external relations of the EU. Its precise function and composition are outlined only in a general manner in the Lisbon Treaty. This overview will consider the potential administrative questions that may arise from the institutional setting of the Service and the roles it may adopt. The task is complicated by the many questions that surround the institutional underpinnings of the service. With this in mind, the report will not offer any firm administrative prescriptions at this stage, but will attempt to consider the implications for the administration of the EEAS that may arise from the institutional permutations of the service.

Vanjski autor

Simon Duke (European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, the Netherlands)