EU Representative to a Third Country

  • Carlos Francisco Molina del PozoEmail author
  • Pablo Molina del Pozo Martín


It is widely known that the European Union (EU) enjoys a unique, sui generis international status that is characterized by its capacity to maintain diplomatic relations with third countries and international organizations. Over the last 60 years the EU has gradually built up its own bilateral and multilateral diplomatic network that has been made subject, through specific agreements with host countries, to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. These delegations—also known as EU embassies—are now operating as the diplomatic missions of the EU as a whole, in contrast to the former Commission delegations, and they employ permanent EU officials and contracted agents under the supervision of the heads of delegation or EU representatives to third countries. On the occasion of the Council Decision of 26 July 2010 establishing the organization and functioning of the European External Action Service (EEAS), a series of modifications was introduced to the Staff Regulations in order to accommodate the needs of the EEAS, and these modifications ensure that the EU officials enjoy a special regime and a series of advantages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Francisco Molina del Pozo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pablo Molina del Pozo Martín
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of LawUniversidad de Alcalá de HenaresAlcalá de HenaresSpain
  2. 2.DG DEVCO - Unit 4 International Cooperation and DevelopmentBruxellesBelgium

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