Express and implied competences under the TFEU

Piet Eeckhout

in EU External Relations Law

Second edition

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606634
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729560 | DOI:

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library

Express and implied competences under the TFEU

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This chapter looks further at the EU's external competences under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, building on the two previous chapters, which have sketched some of the main developments as regards the EC's external competences, particularly through case law. The focus is on both express and implied competences. It also focuses, following the approach in the previous chapter, on external competences in a substantive sense — asking questions regarding the kind of external policies is the EU capable of pursuing and on its ability to conclude international agreements. Given that the Lisbon Treaty attempted to codify both competences in general, and external competences in particular, it starts with a short analysis of the relevant provisions.

Keywords: EU; external competences; external policies; express competences; implied competences; international agreements; Lisbon Treaty

Chapter.  21705 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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