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The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy and the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference

Koliopoulos, Kostas (1995) The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy and the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference. EIPASCOPE, 1995 (2). pp. 1-4.

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    [From the Introduction]. The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) was established by the Maastricht Treaty to form the Second Pillar of the European Union (EU). It is an upgraded version of European Political Cooperation (EPC), which developed gradually in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite receiving a treaty basis by way of the 1986 Single European Act, EPC remained a loose form of cooperation between Member States in the field of foreign policy. Political integration has proved to be slower and harder to achieve; foreign, security and defence policies are very sensitive sectors and Member States are reluctant to surrender their sovereign rights to the European level. The creation of a common foreign and security policy was therefore seen as a step forward, in line with integration in the economic fields.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: European Political Cooperation (EPC).
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 1996
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1950s-1992 (includes EPC)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2003
    Page Range: pp. 1-4
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16

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