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Monday, 17 October 2011

MEPs divided over success of EU diplomatic corps

MEPs are split on the performance of the external action service (EAS) in the first year of its operation. They are equally divided on how the person who heads the service, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, has performed in her high-profile role. The service was set up by the Lisbon treaty to give the EU a "voice" on the world stage and supports 7000 diplomats in 130 overseas missions.

Italian EPP member Gabriel Albertini, who chairs the foreign affairs committee, believes the EAS has lived up to expectations, saying, "This year has been a successful one for the EAS. Ashton and her cabinet are still working closely with the EU to appoint the vacant places. The cooperation with the parliament so far has worked very well, with regular exchanges with Ashton and the newly appointed head of delegations and EU special representatives.

Source: theparliament.com