The European Parliament's New Role in Trade Policy: Turning Power into Impact

CEPS Special Reports No. 89

12 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2014

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Lore Van den Putte

Ghent University

Ferdi De Ville

Ghent University - Centre for EU Studies

Jan Orbie

Ghent University

Date Written: May 21, 2014

Abstract

The power of the European Parliament in EU trade policy has increased significantly with the Lisbon Treaty. Even though it had already acquired a greater informal role, the codification of its involvement enables the EP to have a stronger say in trade policy. Against the background of increased legal competences granted by the Treaty of Lisbon to the European Parliament in EU trade policy, this Policy Brief addresses two important questions. The first concerns the extent to which the EP’s power in trade policy has increased: Has the EP effectively played a bigger role since the end of 2009? The second relates to the substance of the EP’s trade policy preferences: Does the EP attempt to push EU trade relations into a more or less normative and/or protectionist direction? Its main argument is that the Lisbon Treaty not only heralds a major leap forward in legal terms, but that the current EP legislature has also managed to increase its political clout in trade policy-making. Nevertheless, a major challenge for the new EP legislature 2014-2019 will be to turn this into effective influence.

Keywords: European Parliament, EP, EU, EU trade policy, Lisbon Treaty

Suggested Citation

Van den Putte, Lore and De Ville, Ferdi and Orbie, Jan, The European Parliament's New Role in Trade Policy: Turning Power into Impact (May 21, 2014). CEPS Special Reports No. 89, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445899

Lore Van den Putte (Contact Author)

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Ferdi De Ville

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Jan Orbie

Ghent University ( email )

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