Senior appointments in the EU External Action Service (EEAS)

Last September, Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, announced major senior appointments in the European Union External Action Service (EEAS).


First, General Vincenzo Coppola was appointed as new Civilian Operations Commander at the EEAS. Shortly afterwards, the External Action’s services have been re-structured with the nominations of new key officers: Sofie From-Emmesberger took over the chair of the EU’s political and security committee (PSC) and General Claudio Graziano was appointed as the new chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC).

EEAS : EU diplomatic Service

The EEAS is the European Union’s diplomatic service which helps the EU’s foreign affairs chief carries out the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. Its mission is to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world. The service is led by the High Representative (HR) Frederica Mogherini. As the EU’s chief diplomat, she is in charge of shaping and implementing EU’s foreign, security and defence policies.

Vincenzo Coppola, new Civilian Operations Commander

The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is the permanent structure responsible for an autonomous operational conduct of civilian CSDP operations. Its Commander leads the ten civilian CSDP Missions deployed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East employing currently around 2,000 staff. General Vincenzo Coppola was appointed as the new Director in September 2018. Previously, he served as Deputy Commanding General of the Italian Carabinieri. He commands a professional career of 40 years in Italy, EU headquarters in Brussels and several international assignments. He is also considered as a Balkan countries expert as he was, inter alia, Commander of KFOR, Kosovo Force. (CV)

I look forward to apply my professional experience in international crisis-management and in the wider European security and defence environment to benefit in my new task as EU Civilian Operations Commander. This at a time when the world increasingly looks to the European Union as a responsible partner also in the field of security.

Nominations in the Political and Security Committee  (PSC)


Sofie From-Emmesberger was appointed as the new Chair of the Political and SecurityCommittee (PSC).

Before taking up her duties in the EEAS in September 2018, she served as the Ambassador of Finland to the PSC. This Committee works as a preparatory body for the Council of the EU. The PSC plays a central role in the preparation of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and in the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It recommends strategic approaches and policy options to the Council, ensures political control and strategic direction of crisis management operations, and provides guidance to the Military Committee, the Politico-Military Group, and the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM). (CV)


General Claudio Graziano was elected last year as the next permanent Chair of the EU Military Committee (EUMC) by the Chiefs of Defence.

He will take office in November 2018. Previously, he served as Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff. Also, he contributed to international missions, inter alia, in Lebanon, Mozambique and Afghanistan. The EUMC is the highest military body set up within the Council. It is composed of the Chiefs of Defence of the Member States, who are regularly represented by their permanent Military Representatives (MilReps). The EUMC provides the Political and Security Committee (PSC) with advice and recommendations on all military matters within the EU. (CV)


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