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04 February 2013

EU External Action Service: Legal Commentary

Pursuant to Article 13(3) of Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service, the High Representative is held to provide a review of the organisation and functioning of the EEAS by mid-2013.

This short and user-friendly legal commentary on the 2010 Council Decision is the first of its kind and is intended to inform those involved in the review process and to serve as a reference document for practitioners and analysts dealing with the EEAS. This commentary is not an elaborate doctrinal piece, but rather a textual and contextual analysis of each article, that takes account of i) other relevant legal provisions (primary, secondary, international), ii) the process leading to the adoption of the 2010 Council Decision (i.e. travaux préparatoires), iii) the preamble of the Council Decision, and iv) insofar as it is possible at this stage, early implementation. Wherever relevant, cross-references to other provisions of the EEAS Council Decision have been made so as to tie in the different commentaries and ensure overall consistency.

The commentary has been produced by an independent, multinational and multidisciplinary team of scholars brought together by Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), the European University Institute (EUI) and the Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS) in the framework of the so-called ‘European External Action Service 2.0’ project. This research project is carried out in association with the , and the University of Copenhagen Centre for European Constitutionalisation and security(CECS), Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER), the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.

Read the full EEAS 2.0