Article 27 [Role and Powers of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

  • Hermann-Josef Blanke
  • Stelio Mangiameli


Throughout the years of European Political Cooperation (EPC) on foreign policy—from 1969 until 1993—the rotating Presidency was in charge of responding to external events, proposing common positions and initiatives to be agreed by the MS and acting as spokesman for any agreed policy in foreign capitals and in international organisations. The primary role of the Presidency was formalised in the SEA in 1986 and retained when the CFSP was established on a binding legal basis with the entry into force in 1993 of the TEU-Maastricht (Art. J.5 and J.8 TEU). Leadership by the Presidency reflected the intergovernmental character of the CFSP and the continuing identities of the MS in international fora.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann-Josef Blanke
    • 1
  • Stelio Mangiameli
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty for Economics, Law and Social ScienceUniversity of ErfurtErfurtGermany
  2. 2.National Research Council Institute for Regionalism, Federalism and Self-GovernmentRomeItaly

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