The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is one of the most significant changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. It aims at making the EU's external action more coherent and efficient, thereby increasing the European Union's influence in the world.
The EEAS assists Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to fulfill her mandate. It works in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the Member States and comprises officials from the relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and of the European Commission, as well as staff seconded from the national diplomatic services of the Member States.
The EU is represented through 139 EU Delegations and Offices around the world. For over 50 years, these Delegations and Offices have acted as the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of the European Commission vis-à-vis the authorities and population in their host countries. See the brochure: Taking Europe to the World - 50 years of External Service [777 KB] .
Please note: not all European Union Delegations have established web sites.