External Action, Foreign Policy, and Defence

Paul Craig

in The Lisbon Treaty

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199595013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729508 | DOI:
External Action, Foreign Policy, and Defence

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This chapter explores the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU external action, including the Common, Foreign, and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The discussion begins by considering the approach taken to external action in the Lisbon Treaty, since this is necessary for an understanding of the more detailed provisions analyzed thereafter. It examines the Treaty architecture that informs this area of EU law, the principles that govern EU external action, the main institutional actors, and the changes made that affect the EU's legal personality. The focus in the second part shifts to those aspects of EU external action that are dealt with by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It addresses each principal head of EU external competence brought together in what is now Part Five TFEU, to outline the pre-existing Treaty provisions and then to indicate the main changes made by the Lisbon Treaty. The final part of the chapter stands back from the detail and considers broader issues of consistency, coherence, and coordination that have been of concern in this area. These issues are addressed from the perspectives of purpose, institutions, and doctrine.

Keywords: Lisbon Treaty; EU external action; Common Foreign and Security Policy; Common Security and Defence Policy

Chapter.  26743 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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