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The European External Action Service

The European External Action Service
Ana E. Juncos Karolina Pomorska

Introduction

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the most recent innovation in the fast-moving institutionalization of the EU's foreign policy. Following discussions during the Convention on the Future of Europe (2001–3) and the ill-fated Constitutional Treaty (2004), the EEAS was finally brought to life by the Lisbon Treaty, which came into force on 1 December 2009. Led by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission (HRVP), its establishment was hailed as the ‘most ambitious reform effort in European foreign policy, ever’ (Lehne, 2011: 2). It took two years, however, to create the Service, ...

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