The European Union´s Common Foreign and Security Policy after the Treaty of Lisbon, Panos Koutrakos,

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) has gradually taken its place at the centre of EU activities. Developed organically from a set of practical arrangements, it is governed by a set of rules and procedures which have been formalised and strengthened over the years. In introducing their current manifestation, the Lisbon Treaty appeared to bring this area of activity closer to the mainstream of the Union’s external action. It strengthened its procedural and substantive underpinnings, reconfigured its position in the constitutional architecture of the Union legal order, and introduced a new institutional actor intended to give the policy sharper focus and raise its visibility. This report sets out the relevant legal framework, analyses it within the broader constitutional and substantive legal context of the Union’s legal order, and explores its implications for the Union’s role as global actor. It highlights the following points. Läs artikel