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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Ashton to give EU leaders ‘written reassurance’ on EEAS

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 Šefčovič told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Šefčovič, who is in charge of administration and human resources at the EU executive, said EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton would have no problem putting down such commitments on paper. By 2013, at least one third of diplomats in the EEAS will be officials who come from EU member states, he said, citing pledges made by Ashton at the last meeting of EU foreign ministers on 26 April.
"I think we will see the blueprint of this proposal from her very soon," said Šefčovič. But he insisted that his own duties would be limited to negotiations with the EU Council of Ministers and trade unions over changes to be made to the EU's Staff Regulation.

Source: Euractiv