EU external actions after the Treaty of Lisbon

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has led to profound institutional and material changes regarding the decision-making system of the EU, particularly regarding how the EU acts vis-à-vis the outside world. Wrapping up a multi-annual research project led by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) on the EU’s international role, CEPS hosted a seminar at which the findings were presented of the overall changes that are a consequence of the Lisbon Treaty and the impact these changes have on three major EU foreign policy areas: i) trade (report by Prof. Marise Cremona of EUI, Florence with comments by Prof. Marco Bronckers of Leiden University); ii) European Neighbourhood Policy (report by Steven Blockmans of CEPS and comments by Emma Udwin, DG NEAR, European Commission); and iii) Common Foreign and Security Policy (report by Prof. Panos Koutrakos of City University London and comments by Stephan Marquardt, Legal Service, EEAS).