Setting up the European External Action Service: building a comprehensive approach

Working and discussion papers
April 2010
Mikaela Gavas and Eleonora Koeb

This background note aims to contribute to a more inclusive and better informed debate ahead of the final decision on the set-up of the European External Action Service (EEAS). It presents criteria to guide an assessment of the new institutional arrangements and mandates from a development perspective, highlights the issues being discussed and lays out options for a comprehensive approach to external action by the European Union (EU).