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High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy
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Josep Borrell (49468484246).jpgCommon Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) within the European Union (EU). The position is currently held by Josep Borrell.

The post was created under the Treaty of Amsterdam as the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; it then was occupied by Javier Solana for ten years, until it was aggrandised following the Lisbon Treaty, providing a seat on the European Commission, and a chair of the council of EU foreign ministers. Following the Lisbon Treaty, the post is assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) that was set up in December 2010.[2]

Titles

The formal title of the High Representative is "High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy". This post was previously styled as High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and, under the European Constitution, had been designated to be titled the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs. This latter title, as EU Foreign Minister is still applied by commentators and sections of the media as a publicly recognisable shorthand for the post. The style High Representative equates to that of High Commissioner in diplomatic circles. Since the High Representative is ex officio a Vice-President of the European Commission, the office-holder is sometimes referred to as the HR/VP.[3]

Role

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