Europe’s diplomatic service inefficient, say EU Auditors

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EU auditors warned on Monday that the European External Action Service should increase its efficiency and do more for the EU and its citizens.

According to the report published by the European Court of Auditors, the establishment of Europe’s diplomatic service was “rushed” and “inadequately prepared”.

The report also says that the organisation’s setup was impacted by the economic crisis and a poor definition of its role.

EU auditors urged the service to improve its organisation, allocation of resources, and its coordination with the Commission.

The External Action Service was set up in 2011, with its headquarters in Brussels and over 140 delegations across the world.

For 2014, its has a budget of over 519 million euros.

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