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EU foreign policy

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and its subsequent implementation, the European Union has gradually assembled the constituent elements of a sui generis 'foreign policy', bringing together various competencies, instruments and resources that were hitherto spread across different institutions and bodies. Although the process is still on-going and progress is, in parts, uneven, certain traits of a more coherent common approach to foreign policy-making are now evident. In the Balkans, the Horn of Africa (both offshore and onshore), the Sahel, or the Middle East, joint and combined forms of external action - including diplomacy, enlargement, CSDP and development activities - are now producing more effective and lasting results.

Analysing the specific actors, instruments, policies, and strategies at the disposal of the Union and assessing their scope and outreach is also a way to illustrate what the EU does in the world - something which is not always known or appreciated by those who directly benefit from its external action, or indeed by European citizens at large. Monitoring performance, in turn, also contributes to improving it, in a constructive manner and on the basis of factual evidence.

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    02October 2018

    The civilian dimension of the EU’s CSDP has traditionally played a Cinderella-like role in the EU crisis management system. And like the original fairy tale, it seems that civilian CSDP will need three essential elements to succeed: (1) a renewed and credible strategic framework – the ‘ball gown’; (2) adequate operational capabilities – the ‘pumpkin carriage’; and (3) a solid commitment by relevant stakeholders – the ‘Prince Charming’.

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    26June 2018

    The Yearbook of European Security (YES) is the Institute’s annual publication compiling key information and data related to the CFSP and CSDP in 2017. YES 2018 provides an account of the EU’s engagement with the world through evidence-based, data-rich chapters.

  • 14May 2018

    On 14 May, the EUISS organised a high-level panel discussion between HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Mr Michel Barnier.

  • 05May 2018

    On Saturday 5 May, EUISS staff took part in the annual EU Open Day in Brussels with a stand in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

  • 23March 2018

    On 23 March, the EUISS organised a roundtable on Brexit and its consequences for the EU’s security and defence agenda.

  • 27February 2018

    From 27 February to 2 March 2018, the EUISS held the second round of workshops for the project ‘Balkan Futures’. The project is implemented by the EUISS and supported by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB).

  • 18February 2018

    On 18 February 2018, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) organised a side-event at the 2018 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof in Germany. 

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    30January 2018

    Although the need for a more coherent or strategic approach to the EU’s security cooperation with third states is widely acknowledged, its operationalisation presents a number of challenges. Which third countries should the EU establish partnerships with, and on the basis of what criteria?

  • 25January 2018

    On Thursday 25 January, the CSCAP EU Committee convened for its fifth annual meeting in Brussels. The Committee held a workshop on arms exports, defence markets, and new dynamics in EU-Asia relations.

  • 22January 2018

    On 22 January 2018 in Sarajevo, the EUISS launched its newest project – Balkan Futures. The project is implemented by the EUISS and supported by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB).

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  • 24February 2017

    On 23 and 24 February, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and the EUISS co-hosted the ESDC Annual Alumni Conference in Brussels.

  • 05December 2016

    The EUISS, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Defence and Sports, in cooperation with the Centre for Liberal Strategies, hosted a workshop in Vienna on 5-6 December 2016 on the EUGS.

  • 03December 2016

    On Saturday 3 December, an EUISS team attended the second 'Forum des carrières de l’Europe' at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council in Paris.

  • 02December 2016

    On Friday, 2 December, the CSCAP EU Committee convened for its fourth annual meeting in Brussels. Following a briefing from EEAS officials on recent developments related to EU policy in Asia and a progress report on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, the Committee held several workshop sessions on the EU’s preventive diplomacy in Asia.

  • 25November 2016

    On 25 November, the EUISS organised an event focusing on the Security and Defence Implementation Plan (SDIP). As a follow up to the EU Global Strategy (EUGS), the Plan sets a new level of ambition for the EU in security and defence.

  • 18November 2016

    On 18 November 2016, the EUISS, in collaboration with the China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), hosted the EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Brussels.

  • 16November 2016

    On 16 November 2016, the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) signed an Administrative Arrangement, formalising ties between the two agencies.

  • 15November 2016

    The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), in cooperation with the EUISS, organised a roundtable on the EU Global Strategy in Brussels on 15 November 2016.

  • 30September 2016

    On 30 September, the EUISS held its second meeting on ‘Recasting EU Civilian Crisis Management’ in Brussels. The project aims to describe and analyse the evolution of EU civilian crisis management (CCM).

  • 05July 2016

    On 5 July, the EUISS launched its project on ‘Reshaping EU Civilian Crisis Management’ in Brussels.

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