The Role and Achievements of EU Special Representatives in EU Foreign Policy

15 Jun 2012 11:40
15 Jun 2012 14:00

Since 1996, the Council of the EU has deployed over 40 EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) to various crisis regions where they are involved in the European Union’s conflict resolution efforts. They also contribute to the formulation of the EU’s policies, to the coordination of EU actors 'on the ground' and to the EU’s cooperation with other international actors in the field.

While Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, initially intended to phase out the EUSRs, new officeholders have been appointed in 2011 and 2012. This demonstrates the added value of the EUSRs as a rather flexible tool in EU foreign policy.

The Policy Forum focuses on the role and the achievements of the EUSRs in the implementation of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy in the past sixteen years. It looks at their contribution to conflict resolution, their interplay with other diplomats, their institutional setting within the External Action Service and their relations with the European Commission and the EU delegations. Speakers and discussants include acting and former EUSRs and officials from the External Action Service:

  • Ambassador Philippe Lefort (EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia)
  • Ambassador Pieter Feith (International Civilian Representative in Kosovo and former EU Special Representative in Kosovo)
  • Ms Tatiana Levceva (Political Adviser to the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, European External Action Service)
  • Mr Fredrik Wesslau (Political Advisor to the EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, European External Action Service)


Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to The policy forum starts at 11:40 with a lunch reception and is followed by the presentations at 12:10.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels



Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf
Institute for European Studies,
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 6148001

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