Looking Afresh at the External Representation of the EU in the International Arena

CEPS Policy Brief, No. 212, July 2010

5 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2010

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: July 20, 2010

Abstract

What would the EU need to do to its external representation to be effectively equipped as a global international actor in the emerging multi-polar world? In general, an extensive ‘upgrade’ of the EU’s external representation is required, since the EU often languishes in the observer ranks even where its competences may be substantial. This is a highly complex field, however – politically, legally and institutionally – and any attempt to formulate operational recommendations will have to be finely tuned to many different specific situations.

This Policy Brief by CEPS Research Fellows Michael Emerson and Piotr Kaczyński serves both as an overview of the complexities of EU and member state external representation and as an invitation to further debate on the issue.

It forms part of a project being undertaken by a working group consisting of CEPS, EPC, the Egmont Centre and the Leuven University Centre for Global Governance Studies.

Keywords: EU, Member State

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Kaczyński, Piotr Maciej, Looking Afresh at the External Representation of the EU in the International Arena (July 20, 2010). CEPS Policy Brief, No. 212, July 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650085

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
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Piotr Maciej Kaczyński

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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