European External Action Service

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the staff complement required by the proposed European external action service, broken down by grade; and what estimate he has made of the organisation's likely total annual salary costs.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Europe)

The Lisbon Treaty provides for a European External Action Service (EEAS) which will bring together staff currently working on external issues in the European Council Secretariat and the European Commission, along with secondees from EU member states.

There have not yet been any discussions on the detailed organisation and functioning of the EEAS.

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