24 Mar 2010

Single voice, single chair? How to re-organise the EU in international negotiations under the Lisbon rules

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński

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This paper by CEPS Research Fellow Piotr Kaczy?ski explores the possibilities offered to the EU as an actor in international negotiations as a result of the provisions and the ‘spirit’ of the Treaty of Lisbon and against the background of the complex internal political situation in the EU. Following a review of the previous decision-making system, which many stakeholders would like to see preserved, he examines the relevant provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon. He then looks at how the system can be reformed in order to improve the EU’s leverage and effectiveness in international negotiations. The EU’s experience in the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen is used for purposes of illustration.