European External Action Service (EEAS)
The establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is for the S&D Group an important step forward in implementing the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
Furthermore, the EEAS should enhance the coherence between different dimensions and instruments of EU external action. In this respect, development policy is of particular concern to the S&D Group. We need to move beyond all inter-institutional divisions and differences between the Commission and the Council. We need one active and clearly visible EEAS which is fully responsible to the European Parliament - politically as well as regards the budget and the discharge. The S&D Group is pragmatic regarding the detailed allocation of tasks for the new service but we stand firm on the principle of implementing the Common Foreign and Security Policy whilst ensuring policy coherence for development. Member States are requested to contribute actively to the EEAS, but they should not try to put into operation an EU foreign policy influenced by their national perspectives. The European perspective is decisive.