Establishment of the European External Action Service
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Inter-institutional relations and administration, welcomed the political agreement reached on 21st June in Madrid on the establishment of the European External Action Service. Vice-President Šefčovič represented the Commission at the decisive talks, held between the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the Commission and the European Parliament. The agreement paves the way for the EEAS, established by the Lisbon Treaty, to give the EU a more dynamic and consistent foreign policy, under the leadership of High Representative/Vice President Catherine Ashton.
Following the talks, Vice-President Šefčovič commented: "We have worked very hard to achieve this agreement and I'd like to thank everyone for their constructive efforts. The establishment of the EEAS is a huge opportunity for the EU to reinforce its role in global affairs. Today's deal will ensure that the EEAS is staffed in the most efficient, transparent and fair way possible. There will be a good balance between staff from the Commission, Council and national diplomatic services. It's vital for the credibility of the service that there is a meaningful presence of nationals from all Member States. Recruitment will be based on merit, whilst ensuring geographical and gender balance, and there will be equal treatment of all staff in terms of working conditions."