FINALITÉ POLITIQUE OR JUST A STEP FORWARD: THE LISBON TREATY AND THE IDENTITY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A GLOBAL ACTOR

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Goran Ilik
Artur Adamczyk

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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 the 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 the 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.

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Ilik, G., & Adamczyk, A. (2020). FINALITÉ POLITIQUE OR JUST A STEP FORWARD: THE LISBON TREATY AND THE IDENTITY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A GLOBAL ACTOR . Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 3(supp. 1), 9-25. Retrieved from https://e-jlia.com/index.php/jlia/article/view/89
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Goran Ilik, Law Faculty, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, Macedonia

Prof. Goran Ilik is an Associate Professor at Law faculty at the University “St. Clement of Ohrid” - Bitola. Currently, he is Vice-Dean for science at the faculty. His scientific interests encompass: 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 ideologization 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”.

Artur Adamczyk, Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw, Poland

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 Ohridski in Bitola).

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