Important discussions on the future EU foreign policy2009/10/27
At the General Affairs and External Relations Council, chaired by me and foreign minister Carl Bildt the last two days, a lot of focus has been on the institutional issues. There is an extensive work going on to settle questions around the Lisbon Treaty, in order to make it possible to implement it as fast and smooth as possible when the Czech Republic comes through with its final ratification.
One of the most important issues is the European External Action Service, the EEAS, which is to assist the High Representative in fulfilling his or her mandate. This service shall work in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the Member States and is an important piece in the establishment of a well-functioning EU foreign policy.
The ambition is to give the EU a stronger voice at the international scene, but also to make EU delegations play a supporting role regarding diplomatic and consular protection of Union citizens in third countries. A coordinated and well-functioning European cooperation on foreign policy issues will be an important tool for substantial influence, and gives us better preconditions to promote European values.