For a targeted group of people the hottest moment of the upcoming summer won’t be at the beach in Ibiza. As Art. 13 of Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (EEAS) calls upon the High Representative (HR) to provide a review of the EEAS by mid-2013, the eyes of the stakeholders engaged in the EU Foreign and Security policy will be turned on the few pages HR Ashton is about to present.
The report known as ‘the EEAS Review’ will be a result from a methodical consultation involving all member states, Commission services, the Council General Secretariat, the European Parliament, think tanks, NGOs and civil society organisations. A key moment in the process will be Gymnich meeting in Dublin next month.
The provisions of the Council Decision 2010/427/EU leave the doors open for a revision of the Decision itself by the beginning of 2014. Providing that there will be elections for a new European Parliament and a new European Commission next year, it is unlikely general changes to take place.
However, no matter how big or small the review will be, few strategic changes should take place so to step up the process of moving towards a common foreign and security policy.