European External Action Service As the European Union’s Diplomatic Service and Representation of Individual Member States Within Its Staff. The Cases of Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary and Poland
(Európska služba pre vonkajšiu činnosť ako diplomatická služba Európskej únie a zastúpenie jednotlivých členských štátov v rámci jej personálu. Prípad Slovenska, Česka, Maďarska a Poľska)
Politické vedy, Volume 21, Number 2/2018, pages 26-55
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PAJTINKA, E. 2018. European External Action Service As the European Union’s Diplomatic Service and Representation of Individual Member States Within Its Staff. The Cases of Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary and Poland. In Politické vedy. [online]. Vol. 21, No. 2, 2018. ISSN 1335 – 2741, pp. 26-55. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.24040/politickevedy.2018.21.2.26-55
The study analytically evaluates the status quo and the development of the representation of Slovakia and the other Visegrad Group countries – Czechia, Hungary and Poland – in the staff of the European External Action Service in the period from 2012–2016. Within this evaluation, we focus on the representation of these countries in the EEAS AD Staff, AST Staff and Contract Agents as the three most important categories of the EEAS Staff. The study aims especially to find an answer to the question of the extent to which the representation of the individual states in the EEAS is adequate, with the basic method of evaluation being a comparison of the given state’s percentage of the EU’s overall population versus its percentage of the overall number of EEAS officials in any particular category. The evaluation leads to the conclusion that Czechia and Hungary have the relatively best representation from among the Visegrad Group states within the EEAS Staff. On the contrary, Slovakia and Poland have the relatively worst representation within the EEAS Staff from among the Visegrad Group states.
Key words: European External Action Service, staffing of the European External Action Service, nationality structure of the European External Action Service staff, diplomacy of the European Union, Visegrad Group states