Institutionalization or Intergovernmental Decision-Taking in Foreign Policy: The Implementation of the Lisbon Treaty

  • Pol MorillasEmail author


This chapter analyses the evolving nature of the foreign policy of the EU as a consequence of the set up of new structures such as the office of the High Representative/Vice President and the European External Action Service. It argues that while decision-taking in CFSP and CSDP remains intergovernmental for the most part, the strengthened power of initiative granted to the new services has introduced critical changes in EU foreign policy-making. The first developments under the Lisbon Treaty hint a process of institutionalisation by practice in EU foreign policy initiative, which relates to the personalities at the top of new EU structures, the changes of procedures in the elaboration of policy papers and meeting agendas and the management of crisis situations. This process of institutionalisation by practice, as well as the reaction of EU Member States to it, is examined particularly with regard to the working relations between the new foreign policy structures and the Political and Security Committee of the EU.


Member State Foreign Policy Foreign Minister External Relation Lisbon Treaty 
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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the author 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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