ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
 
 
Goran Ilik and Artur Adamczyk
 
 
 
Prof. Goran Ilik is Associate Professor at Law faculty at “St. Kliment Ohridski” University in Bitola. Currently, he is Dean of the faculty. His scientific interests encompasses: law and politics of the EU, human rights, individual liberty, European federalism etc. Also he is author of the books: “Europe at the crossroads: The Treaty of Lisbon as a basis of European Union international identity” and “EUtopia: the international political power of the EU in the process of ideeologization of the post-American world”. Dr. Goran Ilik is co-founder of the Institute for Research and European Studies – Bitola and Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal “Journal of Liberty and International Affairs”.

Prof. Artur Adamczyk is Associate Professor at the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. His research interest covers: the EU in international relations (Mediterranean and Balkan policy of the EU); EU decision-making process. Author of a number of publications on these topics. Lecturer at various European universities (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Marmara Universitesi of Stambul, Istambul University, Ankara Universiti, Universidad de Granada, Università degli Studi di Siena, University of Florence, University St. Kliment Ohridsky in Bitola).
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 3, Supp. 1 | July 2017
 
 
 
FINALITE POLITIQUE OR JUST A STEP FORWARD: THE LISBON TREATY AND THE IDENTITY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A GLOBAL ACTOR
Goran Ilik and Artur Adamczyk
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
This article is a qualitative analysis of the Lisbon Treaty and its institutional and political implications for the international political identity of the European Union as a global actor. The Lisbon Treaty makes an institutional-political effort for integration of the European foreign policy capacities, followed by installation of the President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy institutions. This Treaty also constitutes the single legal personality of the EU which differs for the EU on the international political scene in relation to others. With the integration of the EU’s foreign policy capacities and the fusion of the (former) three pillars, the Lisbon Treaty makes some sort of rationalization of the institutions in terms of providing efficient and simplified decision-making, suitable for implementing a coherent foreign policy. Thus, considering the prerogatives and credentials of aforementioned institutions, regarding their contribution to the international political identity of the EU and its decision-making, we conclude that the Lisbon Treaty does not represent a finalité politique of the EU integration process, but just a step towards its achievement.
 
 
Keywords
 
CFSP; EU international political identity; The Lisbon Treaty
 
 
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