Upgrading the EU's Role as Global Actor: Institutions, Law and the Restructuring of European Diplomacy

UPGRADING THE EU'S ROLE AS GLOBAL ACTOR, CEPS Paperbacks, 2011

152 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Rose Balfour

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tim Corthaut

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jan Wouters

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Renard L. Thomas

Independent; Egmont, Royal Institute for International Relations

Date Written: January 25, 2011

Abstract

The international order is experiencing fundamental changes driven by globalization and the multipolarity emerging from the new balance of power. In response, a new book by a team of experts assembled by CEPS argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs, drawing on enabling provisions in the Treaty of Lisbon.

The report investigates two prerequisites for achieving this goal: first, enhancement of the status of the EU in numerous multilateral organizations, international agreements and fora (the UN, IMF, etc.) and second, a restructuring of European diplomacy, involving a reallocation of functions and resources between the new European diplomatic corps (the European External Action Service) and the diplomatic representations of the 27 EU member states worldwide.

Recommendations are formulated on where and how to upgrade the EU’s status in the international arena. Scenarios are presented for the build-up of the EU’s diplomatic corps, alongside a slimming down of national diplomacies. The authors warn that failure to act along these lines will result in an increasingly irrelevant, obsolete and wasteful European diplomacy.

Keywords: globalization, multipolarity, power, EU, actor, global affairs, Treaty of Lisbon, organizations, reallocation, functions, representations

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Balfour, Rose and Corthaut, Tim and Wouters, jan and Kaczyński, Piotr Maciej and Thomas, Renard L., Upgrading the EU's Role as Global Actor: Institutions, Law and the Restructuring of European Diplomacy (January 25, 2011). UPGRADING THE EU'S ROLE AS GLOBAL ACTOR, CEPS Paperbacks, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756810

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Rose Balfour

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tim Corthaut

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jan Wouters

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Renard L. Thomas

Independent ( email )

No Address Available
United States

Egmont, Royal Institute for International Relations ( email )

Rue de Namur 69
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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