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European External Action Service

Through the Lisbon Treaty, the Common Foreign and Security Policy is henceforth assigned to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. In carrying out their duties, the High Representative is assisted by a European External Action Service tasked with the coordination of the Union’s external actions, preparing action proposals or positions and implementing them after Council approval. They also provide support to the President of the European Council, the President of the Council and to the members of the Commission on all areas of external relations.

The European External Action Service comprises officials from relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council, the European Commission and diplomatic services of the Member States.

Existing EU delegations and crisis management structures within the General Secretariat of the Council, such as the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD), the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) and the European Military Union Staff (EMUS), also form part of the European External Action Service.

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