Argument: Lisbon strengthens EU diplomatic representation on the global stage

Issue Report: EU constitution reform treaty (Lisbon Treaty)


“Treaty of Lisbon. Taking Europe into the 21st century”. – “Europe as an actor on the global stage will be achieved by bringing together Europe’s external policy tools, both when developing and deciding new policies. The Treaty of Lisbon will give Europe a clear voice in relations with its partners worldwide. It will harness Europe’s economic, humanitarian, political and diplomatic strengths to promote European interests and values worldwide, while respecting the particular interests of the Member States in Foreign Affairs.

  • A new High Representative for the Union in Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, also Vice-President of the Commission, will increase the impact, the coherence and the visibility of the EU’s external action.
  • A new European External Action Service will provide back up and support to the High Representative.
  • A single legal personality for the Union will strengthen the Union’s negotiating power, making it more effective on the world stage and a more visible partner for third countries and international organisations.
  • Progress in European Security and Defence Policy will preserve special decision-making arrangements but also pave the way towards reinforced cooperation amongst a smaller group of Member States.”