European External Action Service (EEAS) as an instrument for intensification of EU international influence: the state and proposals (Research Article)

The key principles of the foreign policy and diplomatic activity of the European Union, as well as the main bodies that are responsible for its implementation, have been outlined. The analysis of the European External Action Service as the "diplomatic agency" of the Union and the common and distinctive features of the institutional mechanism of diplomacy of national states and EU has also been made. There were used such scientific methods as: comparison, document analysis, structural and functional methods, as well as neo-institutional approach.