A new step in the setting-up of the EEAS: Transfer of staff on 1 January 2011
The European External Action Service will enter a new phase on 1 January 2011 with the transfer of staff from Council and Commission. Altogether 1643 permanent officials will be transferred to the new service, bringing on board a huge expertise and experience. With this transfer the EEAS, launched on 1 December 2010, will fully come into being.
"The service will mark a new beginning for European foreign and security policy as we bring together and streamline all of the Union’s existing resources, staff and instruments. We will also receive a fresh injection of talent and skills as we incorporate Member States' diplomats into our team. This combination of staff and resources will be more than the sum of its parts: we will be able to find synergies and develop new ideas, which will enhance our ability to act more creatively and decisively in an increasingly challenging world," said Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission.
The transfer will happen on the basis of the Council Decision of 26 July 2010 on the establishment, organisation and functioning of the EEAS as well as the amended Staff and Financial Regulations and the 2011 EU budget.
On the Commission side the transfer will include a majority of staff from DG External Relations (RELEX), which will cease to exist, and part of the DG Development (DEV), where its remaining part will be merged with DG External Cooperation Programmes (AIDCO) into DG Development Cooperation (DEVCO). In the Council Secretariat staff currently working in DG External and Politico-Military Affairs will be transferred.
In order to assure a smooth transfer of staff a provisional organisational structure was established for the EEAS. This organisational structure will be fine-tuned and improved in the course of 2011. The senior management of the EEAS will be looking for efficiencies in this process to allow the EEAS to deliver a better service within current resources. The service will initially be housed in existing Council and Commission buildings.