Lords Quiz Europe Minister David Lidington on European External Action Service

24 January 2013

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs will this week take evidence from Europe Minister David Lidington MP at the conclusion of their inquiry into the role and operation of the European External Actions Service (EEAS).


At 10.05 in Committee Room 2A

  • Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Hugo Shorter, Head of Europe Directorate – External, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Ivan Smyth, Legal Counsellor, EU & wider Europe Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Committee are inquiring into the EEAS’ impact on EU foreign policy and whether it has performed effectively.   They will also ask what value it adds to the work of foreign ministries and embassies of the individual Member States and to the pre-Lisbon Treaty situation. 

The Committee will ask Mr Lidington whether the government consider the EEAS a useful instrument in implementing the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy goals, whether the EEAS has had a positive impact on the EU’s negotiations with Iran and whether the EEAS will provide value for money on its €313m budget in 2013.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. The session will be broadcast live online and will be available afterwards as a video recording. A full transcript will be available in due course.

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