In all its locations, those working for the Service include European Union civil servants, local employees and civil servants from EU Member States.
The EEAS makes sure that cooperation between the EU and EU Member States is strong when it comes to foreign affairs and policy. The very structure of the organisation, with civil servants from both the EU and the EU countries, creates a living link.
Most of the daily work at the EEAS's headquarters is overseen by the Secretary General and Deputy Secretaries General. Five large departments cover different areas of the world – Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, the Greater Middle East and the Americas. Separate departments cover global and multilateral issues (including, for example, human rights, elections and development), response to crises, and administrative and financial matters.
The organisation chart of the EEAS illustrates this structure [326 KB] (16.12.2015).
Following the Treaty of Lisbon, the European External Action Service is responsible for the running of about 140 EU Delegations and Offices operating around the world, representing the EU and its citizens globally.
The EU Delegations play a key role in implementing the EU’s foreign policies. They serve EU interests by presenting, explaining and implementing EU policy; analysing and reporting on the policies and developments of the host countries; and conducting negotiations in accordance with a given mandate.
Most delegations are responsible for EU relations with a single country. Some oversee relations with a group of countries or a region, for example the Delegation to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories. Some EU Delegations are also dedicated to organisations like the African Union or the United Nations.
Maintaining political dialogue, administering development aid, overseeing EU trade issues and building cultural contacts, are just some of the tasks undertaken by EU Delegations whose staff come from a number of different departments of the External Action Service and the European Commission.
You can find a complete list of our delegations here.