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Promoting European Coherence

Promoting European Coherence

2009. 10. 22.

I too would like to add my voice to those who support the Brok report. But i can't help expressing my fascination with the paranoia on the part of those who sit to my right in the House.
The European External Action service is, without any doubt, a potentially major element in the promotion of coherence in the EU’s relations with the rest of the world. These relations are wide-ranging, often complex and have a significant impact on the world outside Europe.
It is vital, therefore, that these activities are thoroughly coordinated, in order to ensure that EU policies have the impact that they were designed to have. Indeed, once the External Action Service is up and running, it will affect the EU’s stance, for example, on Common Foreign and Security Policy, the promotion of the democracy agenda and human rights, the channelling of aid and dealing with the multifaceted issues of development.
The question of coherence is central in this context. If different parts of the EU place different emphases on policy issues, their impact will be muted and will very likely have unintended consequences. Consistency is pivotal in this connection. The External Action Service will, in the light of this, have a considerable responsibility in working together with all the other institutions of the European Union that have an external dimension.
Clearly, the effectiveness of the Service will necessarily structure the work of the High Representative, but in the medium term, its work will resonate throughout all the institutions of the European Union – it's a two-way street. When seen from this perspective, it is essential that the Service should be accountable not only to the High Representative, but also more broadly to Parliament itself. The Service will, at the end of the day, represent the European Union – in all its aspects – hence the emphasis on accountability, transparency and coherence.