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Wednesday, 07 July 2010

EU diplomatic service: Foreign Affairs Committee gives green light

Two weeks after the Madrid deal on the European External Action Service (EEAS) was struck, recommendations on its organisation and working methods, set out in a text by Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) were approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The EU's new diplomatic service is a key innovation of the Lisbon Treaty. Although Parliament was only formally consulted on the organisation and functioning of the EEAS, MEPs negotiated substantial changes to the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton's original March proposal.
External co-operation
Control over EU external co-operation programmes (development and neighbourhood policies) will remain the responsibility of the Commission, contrary to Ms Ashton's original proposal, which would have given more power to the EEAS.  Proposals for changes in development policy (European Development Fund and Development Co-operation Instrument), will be prepared jointly by the EEAS and the Commission, under the Commissioner's responsibility, and then jointly submitted for a Commission decision.

Source: European Parliament