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The [Lisbon] treaty creates an External Action Service for the EU — effectively a Foreign Office, with embassies around the world.
If we were not that influential today, then we would not be the legislator of 75% of all cases [in Europe] and with the Lisbon Treaty in nearly 100% of all cases...
Today approximately 75 % of the European Union legislation is decided by the European Parliament together with the Council of Ministers and has a direct impact in our daily lives.
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.
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 Union.
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.
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.