A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service One of the main provision introduced by the Lisbon Treaty consists in having gathered, within the concept of external action, the activity done by the Union at international level. The European Council shall - on the basis of the principles and objectives set out in Article 21 of the TEU - identify the strategic interests and objectives of the Union. Furthermore it was decided to entrust the coordination between actions carried out with the intergovernmental method and actions which were part of the so-called EC external relations, to a single body, the High Representative for the CFSP / Vice President of Commission. For that purpose, the High Representative shall be assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) which, as already established in the Treaty, was set up by Council Decision. n. 427 of 26 July 2010. The EEAS is made of permanent officials drawn from the European Commission and the Secretariat General of the Council of the European Union and from national diplomats. This article deals with the legal nature of the EEAS and the doubts, nowadays still existing, concerning the attribution of its powers with regard to those of the Commission, especially in the field of development cooperation. A further problem concerns the procedure of democratic control that the European Parliament intends to exercise on the activity of the EEAS. In conclusion, an evaluation on the effectiveness of the EEAS is premature, since it has effectively entered into force only in 2011. However, in the same year it was presented a first report on this topic which demonstrated the persistence of serious problems and the search for a more proactive role in the development of the external action able to ensure its consistency. One of the main provision introduced by the Lisbon Treaty consists in having gathered, within the concept of external action, the activity done by the Union at international level. The European Council shall - on the basis of the principles and objectives set out in Article 21 of the TEU - identify the strategic interests and objectives of the Union. Furthermore it was decided to entrust the coordination between actions carried out with the intergovernmental method and actions which were part of the so-called EC external relations, to a single body, the High Representative for the CFSP / Vice President of Commission. For that purpose, the High Representative shall be assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) which, as already established in the Treaty, was set up by Council Decision. n. 427 of 26 July 2010. The EEAS is made of permanent officials drawn from the European Commission and the Secretariat General of the Council of the European Union and from national diplomats. This article deals with the legal nature of the EEAS and the doubts, nowadays still existing, concerning the attribution of its powers with regard to those of the Commission, especially in the field of development cooperation. A further problem concerns the procedure of democratic control that the European Parliament intends to exercise on the activity of the EEAS. In conclusion, an evaluation on the effectiveness of the EEAS is premature, since it has effectively entered into force only in 2011. However, in the same year it was presented a first report on this topic which demonstrated the persistence of serious problems and the search for a more proactive role in the development of the external action able to ensure its consistency.

Morviducci C (2013). Il servizio europeo per l'azione esterna: un inizio problematico; A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service. STUDI SULL'INTEGRAZIONE EUROPEA, VIII(I), 19-46.

Il servizio europeo per l'azione esterna: un inizio problematico; A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service

MORVIDUCCI, CLAUDIA
2013

Abstract

A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service A new tool for the Union: the European External Action Service One of the main provision introduced by the Lisbon Treaty consists in having gathered, within the concept of external action, the activity done by the Union at international level. The European Council shall - on the basis of the principles and objectives set out in Article 21 of the TEU - identify the strategic interests and objectives of the Union. Furthermore it was decided to entrust the coordination between actions carried out with the intergovernmental method and actions which were part of the so-called EC external relations, to a single body, the High Representative for the CFSP / Vice President of Commission. For that purpose, the High Representative shall be assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) which, as already established in the Treaty, was set up by Council Decision. n. 427 of 26 July 2010. The EEAS is made of permanent officials drawn from the European Commission and the Secretariat General of the Council of the European Union and from national diplomats. This article deals with the legal nature of the EEAS and the doubts, nowadays still existing, concerning the attribution of its powers with regard to those of the Commission, especially in the field of development cooperation. A further problem concerns the procedure of democratic control that the European Parliament intends to exercise on the activity of the EEAS. In conclusion, an evaluation on the effectiveness of the EEAS is premature, since it has effectively entered into force only in 2011. However, in the same year it was presented a first report on this topic which demonstrated the persistence of serious problems and the search for a more proactive role in the development of the external action able to ensure its consistency. One of the main provision introduced by the Lisbon Treaty consists in having gathered, within the concept of external action, the activity done by the Union at international level. The European Council shall - on the basis of the principles and objectives set out in Article 21 of the TEU - identify the strategic interests and objectives of the Union. Furthermore it was decided to entrust the coordination between actions carried out with the intergovernmental method and actions which were part of the so-called EC external relations, to a single body, the High Representative for the CFSP / Vice President of Commission. For that purpose, the High Representative shall be assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) which, as already established in the Treaty, was set up by Council Decision. n. 427 of 26 July 2010. The EEAS is made of permanent officials drawn from the European Commission and the Secretariat General of the Council of the European Union and from national diplomats. This article deals with the legal nature of the EEAS and the doubts, nowadays still existing, concerning the attribution of its powers with regard to those of the Commission, especially in the field of development cooperation. A further problem concerns the procedure of democratic control that the European Parliament intends to exercise on the activity of the EEAS. In conclusion, an evaluation on the effectiveness of the EEAS is premature, since it has effectively entered into force only in 2011. However, in the same year it was presented a first report on this topic which demonstrated the persistence of serious problems and the search for a more proactive role in the development of the external action able to ensure its consistency.
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