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Monday, 09 November 2009

EU leaders approve outlines of diplomatic service

Task of drafting detailed proposals will be left to the EU's new foreign policy chief. The leaders of the EU's 27 member states have endorsed the outlines of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the new diplomatic corps that is to assist the Union's next foreign-policy chief once the Treaty of Lisbon has been ratified. On the sidelines of their summit in Brussels they signed off on a text agreed earlier this week by foreign ministers that will guide the incoming high representative for foreign affairs and security policy in shaping the EEAS. The new high representative, who under the Lisbon treaty will also serve as a vice-president of the European Commission, is expected to be named at a special summit of EU leaders next month, together with the president of the European Council, the other major new position created by the Lisbon treaty. The EEAS will be a new service autonomous of both the Commission and the secretariat of the Council of Ministers but will include officials from both institutions, as well as national diplomats from the EU's member states.

Source: European Voice