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From self-doubt to self-assurance: The European External Action Service as the indispensable support for a geopolitical EU

January 2021 • Blockmans Steven, Hillion Christophe, Vimont Pierre


The rivalry of today’s world should induce the EU to act as a cohesive force. Yet, EU countries are still struggling to focus on the common interest. The 10th anniversary of the European External Action Service thus constitutes an opportune moment to reconsider its contribution to EU foreign policy. This report on the EEAS is the fruit of a research cooperation to which SIEPS has contributed. (January 2021)

EEAS 2.0 - A legal commentary on Council Decision 2010/427/EU on the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (2013:1)

January 2013 • Blockmans Steven, Cremona Marise, Curtin Deirdre, De Baere Geert, Duke Simon, Eckes Christina, Hillion Christophe, Van Vooren Bart, Wessel Ramses, Wouters Jan


In July 2010, the European Council decided on the organisation and functiong of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The EEAS is currently under review, and this new SIEPS report offers – for the first time – an article-by-article analysis of the Council Decision.

EEAS 2.0 - Recommendations for the amendment of Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organization and functioning of the European External Action Service (2013:1op)

January 2013 • Wouters Jan, Wessel Ramses, Van Vooren Bart, Hillion Christophe, Eckes Christina, Duke Simon, De Baere Geert, Curtin Deirdre, Cremona Marise, Blockmans Steven


This special SIEPS publication aims to contribute, in practical legal terms, to the review of the organization and functioning of the European External Action Service (EEAS). In particular, it offers specific recommendations for the amendment of Council Decision 2010/427/EU on which the Service’s operation is based.

Enlarging the European Union and deepening its fundamental rights protection (2013:11epa)

January 2013 • Hillion Christophe


Respect for human rights is a value upon which the European Union is founded, and a precondition for an aspirant state to be considered as a candidate for membership. Contrasting the fundamental rights discourse developing in the EU enlargement context and the situation within the EU, this European Policy Analysis shows the recurrent distortion between internal and external EU fundamental rights regimes, and sheds light on the on-going discussion to find ways of addressing it.

The European External Action Service: towards a common diplomacy? (2010:6epa)

January 2010 • Lefebvre Maxime, Hillion Christophe


During the past months, we have witnessed increasing activity regarding the establishment of a European External Action Service (EEAS) – one of the most emblematic innovations that the Treaty of Lisbon introduces to strengthen the EU external action. While the details of the EEAS organisation and functioning are still under (intense) discussion, this Analysis sheds light on the political and legal contexts in which the EEAS is being set up, and raises some questions as to its possible contribution to the development of a common European diplomacy.


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