Working Group on 'EU Foreign Policy after the Lisbon Treaty' 2008/2009
In the latter half of 2008, the Federal Trust established a Working Group on "The EU's Foreign Policy after the Lisbon Treaty", which discussed the impact of the provisions contained in the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union's external policies. The final report of this Group was published in February 2009:
Working Group on 'The Future of European Foreign Policy:
Governance Structures and Institutional Frameworks'
- The UK and the European Security and Defence Policy by Brendan Donnelly, October 2007
- A Federal Trust Report: Decision-Making in European External Policy by Brendan Donnelly and Professor Stephen Haseler, with editorial and research assistance from Jeannette Ladzik, November 2006
- A European Diplomatic Service? by Jeannette Ladzik, Policy Brief 20, 26 January 2006. This Policy Brief discusses the proposals for a European diplomatic service contained in the now deadlocked Constitutional Treaty. It concludes that there are no substantial legal or administrative obstacles in the way of setting up this European External Service early, but argues that the current impasse over the ratification of the Constitutional Treaty acts as a barrier to mobilising the necessary political will.
- A Foreign Minister for Europe by Jeannette Ladzik, Policy Brief 23, 22 February 2006. This Policy Brief discusses the features, and the possible future, of the European Foreign Minister envisaged by the Constitutional Treaty. It argues that despite the current impasse caused by the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty the question of a European Foreign Minister will in the future be revisited by member states as part of their efforts to increase the effectiveness and coherence of the Union’s foreign policy.
- The European Security and Defence Policy by Jeannette Ladzik, Policy Brief 26, 3 April 2006.This Policy Brief examines the development of the European Security and Defence Policy and assesses its successes and shortcomings. It considers in particular the EU's Rapid Reaction Force, the new battlegroup concept and the development of civilian capabilities. Despite real achievements in achieving a common defence policies, this policy brief argues that there are still some important problems that remain.