European External Action Service (EEAS)
The European External Action Service (EEAS) has its headquarters in Brussels and shall be a functionally autonomous body of the European Union, separate from the General Secretariat of the Council and from the Commission. Its mission is to support the High Representative in fulfilling his mandate. This contains:
- to fulfill his mandate to conduct the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, including the Common Security and Defence Policy, to contribute by his proposals to the development of that policy, which he shall carry out as mandated by the Council and to ensure the consistency of the Union’s external action
- the capacity as President of the Foreign Affairs Council, without prejudice to the normal tasks of the General Secretariat of the Council
- the capacity as Vice-President of the Commission for fulfilling within the Commission the responsibilities incumbent on it in external relations, and in coordinating other aspects of the Union’s external action, without prejudice to the normal tasks of the services of the Commission.
The European External Action Service shall assist the President of the European Council, the President of the Commission, and the Commission in the exercise of their respective functions in the area of external relations.