Backing of MEPs paves way for launch of diplomatic corps

Parliament approves financial and staff rules but MEPs seek further details on crisis-management.
● Parliament wants cost neutrality for 2011
● Senior EEAS names emerge

The European Parliament this week consented to put in place the main building-blocks for the European Union’s future diplomatic service. MEPs yesterday (20 October) approved revised financial and staff rules as well as an initial budget required for the European External Action Service (EEAS) to launch on 1 December.

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