Ashton names team to advise on EEAS
By Toby Vogel
28.01.2010 / 05:19 CET
Senior officials will help set up external service as MEPs are left out of preparatory team.
Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has set up a group of senior officials to advise her on the European External Action Service (EEAS), offending MEPs who wanted to be involved in the preparations. The EEAS is supposed to be independent from both the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
The Council of Ministers are represented on the working group by: Pierre de Boissieu, its secretary-general; Jacques Piris, head of its legal service; Robert Cooper, head of the department for foreign and security matters who has responsibility for the Council's missions abroad; and Helga Schmid, who headed the foreign policy think-tank of Javier Solana, Ashton's predecessor."
Council of Ministers/European CommissionCatherine Ashton, high representative for foreign affairs and security policy/vice-president of the European Commission
Pierre de Boissieu, secretary-general
Jean-Claude Piris, director-general of the legal service
Robert Cooper, director-general for external and political-military affairs
Helga Schmid, director of policy unit
European CommissionCatherine Day, secretary-general
Luís Romero Requena, director-general of the legal service
João Vale de Almeida, director-general for external relations
Patrick Child, director of external service at the directorate-general for external relations (as of 1 February)
James Morrison, head of Ashton's cabinet
Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, permanent representative of Spain to the EU
Carlos Fernández-Arias Minuesa, representative of Spain to the Political and Security Committee
Jean de Ruyt, permanent representative of Belgium to the EU
Gábor Iván, permanent representative of Hungary to the EU
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