European Union External Action
The EEAS is the European Union's diplomatic service. It helps the EU's foreign affairs chief – the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – carry out the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Visit also the website of High Representative Federica Mogherini
The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the European Union's diplomatic service. Its role is to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world.
Since 2014, Italy's Federica Mogherini has been the EU's High Representative/Vice President. As the EU's chief diplomat she is charged with shaping and carrying out the EU's foreign, security and defence policies.
The EEAS has its Headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels and operates 139 Delegations worldwide.
The European Union currently has nine Special Representatives in different countries and regions of the world.
The European Union plays important roles in diplomacy, the promotion of human rights, , trade, development and humanitarian aid and working with multilateral organisations.
The European External Action Service works closely with other EU institutions and bodies who play a role in developing EU foreign policy.
Formally launched on 1 January 2011, the Service was created by the Treaty of Lisbon which was signed in 2007 and entered into force in late 2009, established the European External Action Service.
The organisation chart of the EEAS illustrates this structure