In her first major foreign policy speech, Catherine Ashton, the newly appointed High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, today addressed the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and stressed that there will be continuity in EU foreign policy.
"We already speak with conviction and clarity on the major challenges that face us, be they climate change, poverty, conflict or terrorism. We are the biggest provider of humanitarian aid and project funding. We are a superpower economy with half a billion people but are still accused of not punching our weight politically," she said.
"My job is to make our voice stronger and more unified still. As underlined in the European Security Strategy, the European Union should become a more capable, more coherent and more strategic global actor. I will build on the work that has gone before to achieve that goal."