Chatham House Report

Research Fellow and Programme Manager, Europe Programme
Associate Fellow, Europe Programme
Staffan Hemra
  • The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in 2010 was one of the principal foreign policy innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon, intended to bring greater coherence and impact to the EU's international relations. 
  • The first year has been absorbed by the need to establish its foundations and respond to international crises. Progress has been made in some areas however the service lacks a vision and a clear strategy to make the most of its role and capabilities. 
  • The single biggest challenge for next phase of the EEAS's development is to set a clear and compelling direction for the medium and long term, and ensure that the main stakeholders are prepared to back it up politically, diplomatically and with the necessary resources.
  • This report outlines ways in which the EEAS can prepare better for the entrepreneurial diplomacy needed to advance European interests – by linking clear strategy, creative leadership and effective delivery. By adopting an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to diplomacy, rebalancing and enhancing its foreign affairs infrastructure, foreign assistance and public diplomacy, investing in its people and its organization, and basing such initiatives on a strategic review