The European External Action Service
(EEAS) serves as the European Union's diplomatic service for engagement outside the European Union. Its role is "to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world." Headquartered in the Belgium capital of Brussels, the EEAS operates 139 Delegations world wide. The EEAS is a relatively new institution for the European Union, formally launching in 2011. Learn more about the creation of the EEAS by clicking here
The European Union includes 28 member countries
, with Croatia being the latest country to join as of July 1, 2013. Many, though not all, European Union countries are also part of the Eurozone
, a collection of countries that use the Euro (€) as its official currency.
To prepare for Consular visits in May, the Advanced Academics Department recommends that students review the embedded resource links above and below. Additionally, students could research how modern consular relations have emerged as a result of United Nations international engagement. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
, which was "entered into force" in 1967, provides international guidelines for how consular relations should operate.
Students could prepare to engage with their Consular official by researching the official's home country prior to the visit and by generating a few possible questions to ask during the official's visit on campus. Here are a few note-taking templates that students could use prior to and during the visit.