Legal Basis and Key Documents - About the European External Action Service (EEAS)

The European External Action Service was established by decision of the Council of Ministers [783 KB]  on 26 July 2010 based on a proposal by the former High Representative Catherine Ashton.  The European Parliament had earlier adopted a resolution on the proposal by a large majority on  8 July 2010. The EEAS was formally launched on 1 January 2011.




Decision appointing High Representative:




Proposal for Council Decision:


Please note that this list is not comprehensive and exhaustive.
All documents published on this website are for information purposes only. The official version of the Association Agreement – once signed - will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The texts do not confer any rights, nor do they create any legally binding obligations of public international law.