Budget casts shadow over launch of EEAS

Diplomatic service will be launched next week but major changes will take place on 1 January.

The European External Action Service will be launched next Wednesday (1 December) after a year of wrangling between the European Union’s institutions over its set-up and competencies. But the date is primarily symbolic: the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, which gave rise to the EEAS. In practice, the EEAS will begin with just a handful of senior officials, led by Pierre Vimont, until recently France’s ambassador to Washington, his two deputies, Helga Schmid and Maciej Popowski, and David O’Sullivan, the service’s head of administration.

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