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2018 EU Ambassadors Conference, Brussels

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The annual EU Ambassadors conference will take place in Brussels from 3-7 September. The conference brings together the heads of all EU Delegations around the world as well as heads of the EU Missions, EU Special Representatives and EU Special Envoys.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, will on Monday deliver the opening address.

Among those who will also address the Ambassadors over the course of the week are the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, and the Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, which currently holds the 6-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Karin Kneissl. In addition, several Commissioners will hold discussions with the Ambassadors, as will senior officials from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission.

The European Union has a network of 140 EU Delegations and Offices around the world. For over 50 years, the Delegations and Offices have been the face and voice of the EU towards the authorities and people of their host countries or international organisations.

The opening speech by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini on Monday will be transmitted live on EbS.

Vice-President Katainen delivers opening remarks at the yearly EU Ambassadors' Conference on September 6th.


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European External Action Service (EEAS)

The External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union is officially an autonomous body within the EU. It is in part the successor to the directorate general for external affairs of the European Commission, elements of Council's secretariat and supplemented by personnel from the member states. Its main task it to support the EU in making and implementing foreign and development policies. At the request of member states the EEAS acts as a diplomatic service.

The EEAS also co-ordinates EU activities such as the missions to Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The European intelligence services is part of the EEAS as well.

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