Europe in the World

European External Action Service and National Diplomacies Project

Serving the citizens? Consular role of the EEAS grows in small steps
30 April 2013
Kristi Raik (External authors)

In the longer term, there is a strong economic rationale for assigning EU Delegations with consular assistance tasks, argues Kristi Raik in this Policy Brief. Building up such a capacity for the EEAS would require additional resources, but pooling resources in this way would ease, not duplicate, the burden on member states. But if these benefits are to materialise, then a major leap is required in member states’ views on the transfer of national competences and resources to EU level, the paper concludes.

The European External Action Service and national diplomacies
11 March 2013
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World), Andrea Frontini (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC) and Kristi Raik (External authors)

EU member states still attach much value to national sovereignty in international relations, but the habit of cooperation is increasingly visible, argue Rosa Balfour and Kristi Raik in this study about how the European External Action Service is changing national and European diplomacy and foreign policy making.

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