07 Feb 2013

EEAS 2.0

A legal commentary on Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service

Steven Blockmans / Ramses Wessel / Bart Van Vooren / Christophe Hillion / Christina Eckes / Simon Duke / Geert De Baere / Deirdre Curtin / Marise Cremona / Jan Wouters

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The High Representative of the Union for Foreign affairs and Security Policy is held to provide a review of the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in 2013.

This short and user-friendly legal commentary on the 2010 Council Decision establishing the organisation and functioning of the EEAS is the first of its kind. It is intended to inform those involved in the review process and to serve as a reference document for practitioners and analysts dealing with the EEAS. Rather than an elaborate doctrinal piece, this legal commentary is a textual and contextual analysis of each article that takes account of i) other relevant legal provisions (primary, secondary, international); ii) the process leading to the adoption of the 2010 Council Decision; iii) the preamble of the Council Decision and iv) insofar as it is possible at this stage, early implementation. Wherever relevant, cross-references to other provisions of the Council Decision have been made so as to tie in the different commentaries and ensure overall consistency.

Authors Steven Blockmans, Marise Cremona, Deirdre Curtin, Geert De Baere, Simon Duke, Christina Eckes, Christophe Hillion, Bart Van Vooren, Ramses Wessel and Jan Wouters form a team of independent scholars brought together by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), the European University Institute (EUI) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).