The European External Action Service and Its Diplomats: Origins, Staff Attitudes, and Potential for Agenda-Setting in Foreign Policy
The talk will focus on the presentation of the research findings from a project on the attitudes of diplomats and officials in the European External Action Service (EEAS). Its establishment by the Lisbon Treaty was preceded by time-consuming negotiations about the composition, organisation, budget and accountability of the service. In spite of the negative views among EEAS officials concerning the actual implementation of the reforms, they displayed a surprisingly positive attitude towards the new Service and identified strongly with it. The evidence suggests that a narrow understanding of rationality based on short-term career-related calculations cannot account for the support that the EEAS garnered among its ranks. The talk will also touch upon the as the capabilities of the EEAS to act as an agenda-setter in European Foreign Policy and its record so far. In this respect, the working relations between the EEAS, the European Commission and the member states will be discussed.
Dr Karolina Pomorska is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. She is currently on leave from Maastricht University, where she is an Assistant Professor. Karolina’s current project focuses on the processes of socialisation and learning in the European External Action Service, issues related to agenda setting in European Foreign Policy and the consequences of establishing the EEAS in terms of accountability and democratic control. She is a co-editor of a forthcoming book: “The EU and its Neighbours: Values versus Security in European foreign policy” (Manchester University Press).