European External Action Service

The EEAS is the European Union's diplomatic corps. It supports the EU foreign affairs chief (High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton) in conducting the common foreign and security policy.

It has Delegations around the world working on behalf of the people of Europe and representing the EU as a whole.               

Relationship to other EU bodies

The EEAS is functionally autonomous from other EU bodies – but has a legal responsibility to ensure its policies are consistent with other EU policies.

To help ensure this, the High Representative is also a Vice-President of the European Commission, and President of the Foreign Affairs Council. The EEAS diplomatic service also supports High Representative Catherine Ashton in these capacities.

Origins of the EEAS


Organisation chart pdf - 111 KB [111 KB] (updated 15/01/2014)


High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Catherine Ashton

Members of the EEAS Corporate Board

Executive Secretary General: Pierre Vimont pdf - 31 KB [31 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Chief Operating Officer: David O'Sullivan pdf - 49 KB [49 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs: Helga Schmid pdf - 59 KB [59 KB]

Deputy Secretary General for Inter-institutional Affairs: Maciej Popowski pdf - 23 KB [23 KB]

Managing Directors

Crisis Response: Dr Agostino Miozzo

Asia: Viorel Isticioaia Budura

Africa: Nicholas Westcott pdf - 194 KB [194 KB]

Europe and Central Asia: Luis Felipe Fernández de la Peña

Middle East and Southern Neighbourhood: Hugues Mingarelli

Americas: Christian Leffler

Global and Multilateral Issues: Maria Marinaki

Other Senior Managers

Head of the Crisis Management and Planning Department: Walter Stevens

Director General EU Military Staff (EUMS): Lt Gen Wolfgang Wosolsobe

Head of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC): Hansjoerg Haber

Director EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (EU INTCEN): Ilkka Salmi

Chair of the Political and Security Committee

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