About: EEAS Archives

  • Ashton to preside over a ‘man’s world’

    Development Policy 22-12-2010

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has completed the appointments for 28 top officials at the European External Action Service, with only two women appearing on the list, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.

  • Compromise in sight on 2011 budget

    Future EU 29-11-2010

    The European Parliament has welcomed a draft compromise proposal by the European Commission on next year's EU budget, signalling that a deal is getting closer ahead of an EU summit on 16-17 December.

  • EU budget talks collapse

    Future EU 12-11-2010

    EU finance ministers failed to reach a compromise with the European Parliament over the 2011 budget yesterday night (11 November). If they fail to find a mutually acceptable solution by Monday, the 2010 budget will roll over to 2011, raising questions as to how the European Union will finance ambitious new projects such as the European External Action Service.

  • EEAS to be born on Lisbon Treaty anniversary

    Development Policy 21-10-2010

    In the presence of a smiling Catherine Ashton, the European Parliament yesterday (20 October) approved by an overwhelming majority the last three legislative texts required to launch the European External Action Service (EEAS) on 1 December 2010, the day of the first anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty.

  • EU to reject Mugabe’s ambassadors

    Global Europe 15-10-2010

    A consensus is emerging among the EU institutions to reject Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ambassadors-designate to the European Union, after the country's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, called on the bloc not to recognise Mugabe's unilateral appointment.

  • González warns against cheating Turkey

    Future EU 05-10-2010

    Felipe González, chairman of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, warned yesterday (4 October) that the EU should honour commitments made to Turkey, which ten years ago was given the prospect of European Union membership.

  • Brok: Right personnel mix is key for EEAS

    Development Policy 29-09-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) can be set up only if the European Parliament approves the staff and financial legal base based on the presence of at least 60% "Community personnel" in the new diplomatic corps, German MEP Elmar Brok (European People's Party) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • German ‘wise men’ criticise EU’s timid diplomacy

    Future EU 29-09-2010

    Hans-Dietrich Genscher, a German political veteran who served as foreign minister throughout the 1970s and 80s, says Europe should assume its role on the global stage if it wants its future diplomatic service to work. He spoke to EURACTIV.de in an interview alongside Joschka Fischer, another ex-German foreign minister, and former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.

  • Ashton picks 28 ambassadors for EU ‘foreign service’

    Global Europe 16-09-2010

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton unveiled a list of 28 ambassadors yesterday (15 September) who will be charged with representing the EU's interests abroad. Only twelve were selected from national administrations, while sixteen come from the European Commission.

  • Ashton’s speaking rights at UN face delay

    Development Policy 15-09-2010

    An attempt by the European Union to upgrade its status at the United Nations hit a road-block yesterday (14 September) when the General Assembly voted to postpone consideration of the changes Brussels wants.

  • Poland ‘loses’ Georgia in EU diplomatic race

    Global Europe 27-08-2010

    Poland appears to have changed its policy of unconditional support for Georgia against Russian intimidation, a recent interview given by the country's president suggests. Warsaw has also reportedly abandoned hope of securing the position of EU Ambassador to Tbilisi, the Polish press reports.

  • Ashton to obtain speaking rights at UN

    Development Policy 26-08-2010

    European Council and Commission representatives yesterday (24 August) confirmed reports that the United Nations is to grant the EU the right to speak at the body's General Assembly ahead of its 64th session, which starts on 15 September in New York.

  • EU wants diplomatic service up by December

    Future EU 27-07-2010

    EU foreign ministers yesterday (26 July) gave their final approval to the European External Action Service (EEAS), paving the way for the diplomatic corps "to come into being" by December 2010. Attention now shifts to budgetary issues and the battle to assign top positions.

  • Ashton calls on Israel to ease Gaza blockade

    Global Europe 19-07-2010

    Israel should ease its Gaza blockade further and allow Palestinians to resume exports from the territory, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday (18 July) during a visit to the Hamas-controlled enclave.

  • Tories get EU diplomatic service off the ground

    Future EU 12-07-2010

    William Hague's instructions to the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, in which the British Tories sit, were decisive in securing a crucial positive vote on the European External Action Service (EEAS), EURACTIV has learned.

  • Parliament mellows on EU diplomatic service

    EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) is to become official after the summer recess and start recruiting in autumn, it became clear after a key European Parliament committee gave its green light yesterday (6 July) to the EU's diplomatic service.

  • Spanish Presidency seals EEAS deal

    Development Policy 22-06-2010

    The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Spanish EU Presidency yesterday (21 June) reached a compromise in Madrid regarding the organisation and operation of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The EU institutions expect the Union's diplomatic service to become operational in the autumn.

  • Parliament twists Ashton’s arm over EEAS

    Future EU 11-06-2010

    The European Parliament is giving EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton a hard time, as political group leaders yesterday (10 June) delivered a clear message that they disliked her proposals for the European Union's new diplomatic service. They insisted that it must be attached to the European Commission, otherwise the Parliament will veto its financing.

  • Ashton to give EU leaders ‘written reassurance’ on EEAS

    Public Affairs 10-05-2010

    A third of the diplomats who will staff the future European External Action Service (EEAS) will come from the EU's member states by 2013, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • EU dismisses Ashton resignation rumours

    Brexit 04-05-2010

    EU diplomats have dismissed rumours that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton might step down from her post under pressure from member states and especially her native UK, where elections are scheduled for Thursday (6 May).

  • Stop turf wars over EEAS, top diplomats plead

    Future EU 27-04-2010

    The European Union must quickly push ahead with forming its own diplomatic service or it risks falling behind the likes of China and India in the world order, top diplomats warned yesterday (26 April) after EU ministers reached "political agreement" on European External Action Service (EEAS), which still awaits MEPs' green light.

  • Ashton presents new architecture for EU diplomatic service

    Future EU 23-04-2010

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has presented a revised blueprint for the European External Action Service (EEAS) which has been stripped off previous plans for a detailed organisational chart, EURACTIV has learned.

  • Parliament raises pressure on EU diplomatic service

    Future EU 21-04-2010

    With the clock ticking ahead of a 30 April deadline to reach agreement on the European External Action Service (EEAS), the leaders of the European Parliament's three largest political groups warned against putting the future diplomatic corps under the thumb of EU member states.

  • Parliament pulls its weight in EEAS negotiations

    Development Policy 24-03-2010

    Quality is more important than speed in setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS), leading MEPs said on Tuesday (23 March), signalling that political thinking in Brussels had evolved and that there was no rush to take decisions before the UK elections.