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The European external action service: a pivotal actor in EU foreign policy communications?

Bicchi, Federica (2012) The European external action service: a pivotal actor in EU foreign policy communications? Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 7 (1). pp. 81-94. ISSN 1871-1901

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Identification Number: 10.1163/187119112X614666


This article analyses the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in EU foreign policy communications. Having cumulated a number of pre-existing functions, the EEAS is situated at the centre of the existing communication systems used in the European Union in relation to matters of foreign policy. Moreover, the EEAS is contributing to the expansion of the existing practice of foreign policy communications in three ways. First, it has affected the direction of communication flows in the most well-established (but now declining) communication system - the COREU/CORTESY network - as a growing proportion of messages now originate in Brussels. Second, the EEAS is developing an autonomous EU capacity for information gathering, as EU delegations regularly draft political reports. Third, the EEAS has contributed to the expansion of information sharing in consular affairs, which is an area of mixed and contested competences. The EEAS is thus a key actor in EU foreign policy communications, although practices are forever shifting and its role is still under construction.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Koninklijke Brill NV
Divisions: International Relations
Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 15:18
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:45

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