For what Pottering was actually saying was that the European Parliament (not the EU) legislates on 75% of laws *passed by the European Union*. Not
passed by EU member states – just by the EU itself, at EU level.
Either way they are looking to centralize all law making in the European Parliament, which of course influences all member states. How can the member
states not be influenced by laws made by a union that they are members of?
So let's look into this so called External Action Service...I remember learning about "double speak" in high school back in the day. Using big
words to prevent people from understanding what's really going on.
Wikipedia gives a quote of the original article from the treaty, followed by the following summary:
The External Action Service will include civil servants and officials from both the Member States and the European Union.
They will help the new High Representative to implement a more effective and coherent European foreign and security policy by forging a centralised
institution, rather than the current set of procedures, which are undertaken in two locations: The European Commission and the Council of the European
A combined High Representative without a foreign office to help him or her would, as Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform, puts
it '...be like having a conductor without an orchestra—or rather, a conductor trying to conduct two separate orchestras at the same time.'
The new External Action Service will assume all responsibilities previously undertaken by the European Commission, and will direct European diplomatic
missions and embassies overseas. It will be located in Brussels.
For the actual article within the treaty you can either read it at Wikipedia or in the actual
treaty itself (152 pages)
According to the EU Observer who are critical of the Lisbon Treaty, but only based on intense research as
shown in their many long articles:
The EU will get a new foreign minister - or High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as its now less-than-snappy title
goes - and a permanent president as two of the most visible innovations click into place.
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