Over time the EU’s external powers have continuously grown, which has consequences for the power division within the EU. This one-day conference will examine where and how powers within the EU shift as a result of its external actions.
|Date||24 April 2015|
Over time the EU’s external powers have continuously grown, including with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The European Union is for example the only non-state actor that participates in international functional regimes on equal footing with states. In certain policy areas, such as international trade, it has greater relevance and visibility than its Member States. In other areas, such as international security, the EU is expected to establish an international position, not only by its citizens but also by third countries.
The EU’s intensified external actions have consequences for the power division within the EU. The different institutions are involved to a different extent depending on whether a policy is pursued internally or externally. Established organizational principles under EU law, such as subsidiarity and sincere cooperation, are interpreted differently. This one-day conference will examine how powers within the EU shift as a consequence of the EU’s external actions and what this may mean in the light of a particular understanding of sovereignty.
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This conference is part of the NWO project 'Outside-In. Tracing the Imprint of the European Union’s External Actions on Its Constitutional Landscape', carried out by Christina Eckes and funded by the NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.