European Union External Action

Who we are

Based in Brussels, but relying on an extensive network of EU diplomatic presence worldwide, the EEAS brings together European civil servants, diplomats from the foreign services of the 28 EU member states and local staff in countries around the world.

The EEAS is headed by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP) Federica Mogherini and supports her in this function.

The HR/VP is responsible for coordinating the EU's external action and shaping and carrying out the EU's foreign and security policy – known as the 'Common Foreign and Security Policy' (CFSP) and the 'Common Security and Defence Policy' (CSDP).  Visit the website of Federica Mogherini

  • Secretary-General: Helga Schmid
  • Directorate Parliamentary Affairs, Strategic Communications and General Affairs: Assisting  the Secretary General in key areas such as Interinstitutional relations, strategic communications, legal affairs, inspection, internal audit, Mediation – Director Silvio Gonzato


  •  Global and economic issues: Christian Leffler
  •  Political Affairs, Political Director: Jean-Christophe Belliard
  •  Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response: Pedro Serrano
  • Budget and Administration: Gianmarco Di Vita
  • EU Military Staff: Lt General Esa Pulkkinen


  • Global: Human rights, global and multilateral issues: Lotte Knudsen
  • Africa: Koen Vervaeke
  • Americas: Edita Hrda 
  • Asia and Pacific: Gunnar Wiegand
  • Europe and Central Asia: Thomas Mayr Harting
  • Middle East and North Africa: Nick Westcott 


  • Permanent Chair of the Political and Security Committee: Director, Walter Stevens
  • Security, Infrastructure, Budget and IT: Director, Patricia Llombart Cussac
  • Human Resources: Director, Björn Larsson
  • Human rights, global and multilateral issues: Deputy Managing Director Stephan Auer
  • Africa: Deputy Managing Director Birgitte Markussen
  • Americas: Deputy Managing Director Roland Schäfer
  • Asia and Pacific: Acting Director Julian Wilson
  • Western Balkans and Turkey: Director, Angelina Eichhorst
  • Europe and Central Asia: Deputy Managing Director Luc Devigne
  • Middle East and North Africa: Deputy Managing Director Christian Berger
  • Security Policy and Conflict Prevention: Acting Director Francois Rivasseau
  • Intelligence and Situation Centre: Director, Gerhard Conrad
  • Crisis Management and Planning Department: Director, Gabor Iklody
  • Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability: Director, Kenneth Deane


The Foreign Policy Instruments is a service of the European Commission and is under the direct authority of the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and works very closely with the EEAS and EU Delegations on a daily basis. It is currently headed by Tung-Lai Margue.

The core task of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) is to run a number of EU foreign policy actions such as sanctions and the Kimberly process. The FPI manages operations including their financing.

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The European Union currently appoints Special Representatives (EUSRs) to different countries and regions of the world or on a specific thematic area such as Human Rights. The EUSRs promote the EU's policies and interests in troubled regions and countries and play an active role in efforts to consolidate peace, stability and the rule of law.

The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) is the highest military body set up within the Council. It is currently headed by General Michail Kostarakos.

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