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Upgrading the EU's Role as Global Actor: Institutions, Law and the Restructuring of European Diplomacy. CEPS Paperbacks. January 2011

Balfour, Rosa and Corthaut, Tim and Wouters, Jan and Emerson, Michael and Kaczyński, Piotr Maciej and Renard, Thomas (2011) Upgrading the EU's Role as Global Actor: Institutions, Law and the Restructuring of European Diplomacy. CEPS Paperbacks. January 2011. Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks . UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9789461380524

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    Abstract

    The international order is experiencing fundamental changes driven by globalisation and the multipolarity emerging from the new balance of power. In response, a new book by a team of experts assembled by CEPS argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs, drawing on enabling provisions in the Treaty of Lisbon. The report investigates two prerequisites for achieving this goal: first, enhancement of the status of the EU in numerous multilateral organisations, international agreements and fora (the UN, IMF, etc.) and second, a restructuring of European diplomacy, involving a reallocation of functions and resources between the new European diplomatic corps (the European External Action Service) and the diplomatic representations of the 27 EU member states worldwide. Recommendations are formulated on where and how to upgrade the EU’s status in the international arena. Scenarios are presented for the build-up of the EU’s diplomatic corps, alongside a slimming down of national diplomacies. The authors warn that failure to act along these lines will result in an increasingly irrelevant, obsolete and wasteful European diplomacy.

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    Item Type: Book
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign and Security Policy.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    Other international institutions > IMF
    Other international institutions > UN
    Other international institutions > ILO
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Lisbon Treaty
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 12:34
    Number of Pages: 152
    Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 12:34
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32651

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