From self-doubt to self-assurance: The EEAS as the indispensable support for an effective foreign policy

Presentation of the Final Report of the Task Force ›EEAS 2.0‹ 10 May 2021, 17:30–18:45

The tenth anniversary is an opportune moment to take stock of the EEAS’ contribution to forging a more active, coherent and visible EU foreign policy. Led by the EEAS’ former Executive Secretary General Pierre Vimont, a high-level group of (former) diplomats, officials of EU institutions and member states, as well as NGO representatives, academics and think tankers have conducted an independent review of the first decade of the EEAS’ operation.

The report reappraises the EEAS’ actual and potential mission for the years to come, considering the dynamic ecosystem within which it functions. The involved organisations, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), see this publication as their contribution to the debate on a more autonomous and sovereign Europe.

In this online discussion, we are inviting you to join us in pursuing this goal and in bringing the debate on the foreign policy performance of the EU onto the national levels within the framework of the joint FES project on Sovereign Europe.


  • Pierre Vimont, Chair of the Task Force, Ambassadeur de France, Senior Associate Researcher at Carnegie Europe, first Executive Secretary General of the EEAS
  • Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany
  • Dr. Ronja Kempin, Senior Fellow German Institute for International and Security Affairs

The event will be held with English and German translation.

Please register here to join the online discussion.

The report can be downloaded here.

For more information, please contact sidonie.wetzig(at)fes-europe.eu


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