The EU external action and the Treaty of Lisbon

Timeframe: 2010-2016
Project manager: Christophe Hillion

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has led to profound institutional and material changes regarding the decision-making system of the EU, in particular as regards how the EU acts vis-à-vis the outside world. The project is a continuation of previous research conducted by SIEPS on the EU’s international role by analysing the overall changes that are a consequence of the Lisbon Treaty and the impact these changes have on several EU foreign policy areas.

The overall goal is to analyse the extent to which the Lisbon Treaty and the new foreign policy order has led to a greater consensus as regards the EU’s foreign policy. The ambition is also to highlight the impact developments have had on individual countries, like Sweden for example.