Unity and Pluralism in the EU’s Foreign Relations Power

Enzo Cannizzaro

in The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696206 | DOI:

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

Unity and Pluralism in the EU’s Foreign Relations Power

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This chapter aims to highlight the internal fragmentation of the EU foreign relations power deriving from the distribution of competences between the EC and the EU, and to analyze the attempt to lend unity and coherence to the EU foreign relations power. The second and third sections of the chapter focus, respectively, on the external relations system of the EC and on the system of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU. The main aim of these two sections, which touch upon fields covered by an extensive literature, is to highlight the difficulty of ensuring that the regime governing the foreign affairs power of the EC remains separate from the one governing the foreign policy of the EU. In a further section, closer inquiry will be devoted to the new provisions on the EU's external action incorporated in the Constitutional Treaty, which have the express aim of establishing a comprehensive system of external action for the Union.

Keywords: EU; EC; foreign relations; external relations; Constitutional Treaty

Chapter.  24976 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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