13 Dec 2013

The EU Special Representatives: A dying breed?

Erwan Fouéré

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The recent decision by Baroness Ashton to end the mandate of a number of European Union Special Representatives (EUSRs) and her proposal to integrate these posts within the European External Action Service have raised concerns among member states. In the view of Erwan Fouéré, these developments underline the urgency of a more comprehensive and strategic discussion between Baroness Ashton and the member states on the future role of EUSRs in the EU's expanding foreign policy tool box.

Erwan Fouéré is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS.