It is only with the European Council acting by qualified majority and the concurrence of the President of the European Commission that the High Representative is appointed. Art 18 TEU states that the High Representative shall implement the common foreign and security policy of the Union.
However, although the power is vested with him/her, the High Representative still has to win the approval of the member states in the Council before the decision is carried out. Indeed, it is the European Council that decides on CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy). In fact, the High Representative has a role of proposal and enforcement as mandated by the Council.
In addition, he chairs the Foreign Affairs Council. This body meets monthly and discusses the EUs external action scenario. The High Representative currently holds the office for tenure of five years. Also holding the office of the Vice President of the European Commission, the High Representative is supposed to ensure the coherence of external action of the Union.
Within the Commission, he/she is responsible for synchronizing the (CSDP) Common Security and Defense Policy as well as other aspects of EU external action. This leads to a situation that if a motion of censure against the Commission, the idea is that the High Representative is expected to resign not only from its functions within the Commission.
Tags: European Council, European Commission, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Foreign Affairs Council, European Union.
[...] The High Representative and the Commission are responsible for the implementation of this article. The second article seems clearer. It uses the phrase "the delegations of the Union", which ensures its representation in Third World countries and international organizations. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, was himself appointed the chief of the delegation of the Union in Washington. With respect to the presidency of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the presidency of the Council of preparatory bodies which is linked to it, we may note that not all preparatory bodies depend on the High Representative. [...]
[...] The military aspect is governed by the security policy and the defense policy, which operate on the concept of collaboration, and provide opportunities for integration. These three dimensions however, often overlap in reality. Trade policy or development aid (economic aid) may require a public statement. The fight against terrorism is one of the missions of the military aspect, and is also present in the TFEU as a solidarity clause, which says that States shall assist each other, including through military means, if any one of them is the victim of a terrorist attack. [...]
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