The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the EU's diplomatic service. It aims to make EU foreign policy more coherent and effective, thus increasing Europe's global influence.
Practical examples include:
The European External Action Service is led by the EU foreign affairs chief – or High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy. It is composed of:
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The High Representative is also a Vice-President of the European Commission. She represents the EU's foreign and security policy around the world, coordinates the work of the European Commission on EU external relations and chairs meetings of EU Foreign, Defence and Development ministers.. The High Representative/Vice President implements EU foreign & security policy, together with EU countries and using national and EU resources. This helps ensure consistency in foreign policy across the bloc.
Outside its borders, the European Union is represented by a number of in-country offices – EU delegations – which have a similar role to that of an embassy.
EU foreign affairs policies and programmes help protect you – as an EU citizen – outside EU borders and can also provide education & career opportunities.
To interact with EEAS, you can: