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Abstract

The Lisbon Treaty introduces major reforms to the external action of the European Union. The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is one of the most important of these innova¬tions, carried out with a view to improving the effectiveness, consi¬stency and visibility of the Union on the international stage. The sear¬ch for greater coherence between the different fields of external action and between these and other EU policies is in fact one of the most important underlying reasons for the institutional reforms introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. The objective of this paper is to analyse the main points of interest raised by the creation of the EEAS, in order to deter¬mine to what degree the organisation and functioning of the EEAS will contribute to improving the coherence and effectiveness of the external action of the European Union.