The EU has today officially launched its new Diplomatic Service – the European External Action Service (SEAE). Catherine Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy talked exclusively to Euronews:
“This is not about creating the 28th Member State foreign policy, it’s about recognizing that the things that we do as 27. It’s about speaking the same message and being more effective in the world. If you are thinking about economic prosperity for citizens you need better trade deals. We do trade deals as 27, so more economic power. If you are thinking about some of the big foreign policy questions, security and stability in the world, the effects of climate change, then acting and speaking together we can achieve more.”
There remain some pratical details to be ironed out but the service is expected to be fully operational by the 1st January 2011.