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The European External Action Service: Challenges in a Complex Institutional Framework

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The establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is one of the new institutional features introduced as a result of the Treaty of Lisbon. This chapter briefly reflects on the reported difficulties concerning the establishment of the EEAS. It sets out the function of the EEAS as part of the new institutional structure of the Lisbon Treaty. The chapter further addresses the potential links between the new institutional actors and the challenges for the EEAS. The functioning of the EEAS could turn out to be easier in areas of exclusive competences of the Union. In cases of different approaches between the Member States and the Union or between the EU institutions, the respect for the principle of sincere co-operation within the sometimes fluid framework of division of competences will eventually be decisive for the successful external action of the Union.

Keywords: European External Action Service (EEAS); European Union; institutional framework; Treaty of Lisbon



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