Reviewing Member States’ Commitment to the European External Action Service

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
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Based on interviews with diplomats from a representative cross-section of nine member states and members of the EEAS itself, the research findings of this EPIN Working Paper confirm long-standing traditions and member state perceptions of cooperation with European institutions.

The paper also reveals new aspects of the intergovernmental method of foreign policy shaping and making in the European Union; in particular how different national positions can positively or negatively affect the consolidation of the EEAS and the role of the EU as an international actor. As such, the Working Paper makes an original contribution to the existing literature on one of most discussed actors in the European Union’s post-Lisbon architecture in the domain of EU external action.

The authors of this Working Paper are: Vivien Pertusot (French Institute of International Relations), Almut Möller and Julian Rappold (Alfred von Oppenheim Centre for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations), Edward Burke (FRIDE), Louise van Schaik (Clingendael Institute), Paul Ivan (Romanian Center for European Policies), Fredrik Landal (Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies), Maria João Seabra (Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais), Elina Viilup (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), Ignacio Molina and Alicia Sorroza (Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies) and Steven Blockmans (Centre for European Policy Studies).