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City academic addresses European Parliament

Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, Professor Panos Koutrakos, delivered a speech to the European Parliament on 13th October 2015.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

 Panos Koutrakos in Brussels

Jean Monet Chair of European Law in the City Law School, Professor Panos Koutrakos, addressed the European Parliament on 13th October, during a joint session of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Constitutional Affairs Committee on a hearing titled, “The Common Foreign and Security Policy under the Treaty of Lisbon: unlocking its full potential”. 

Ambivalent position

The objective of the hearing was to look into innovations of the Lisbon Treaty and the degree to which they have been used for the benefit of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. 

Panos KoutrakosThe institutional and strategic implications of a common defence policy were also discussed. Professor Koutrakos spoke about Common Foreign and Security Policy and focused on its provisions on flexibility and decision-making. He also explored the potential and constraints of these provisions and pointed out their limited use by the EU institutions:  “I highlighted the deeply politicized and sensitive nature of this policy and the central role of the Member States and suggested that it is not the law of Common Foreign and Security that prevents the EU from becoming an effective international actor. I also referred to the ambivalent position of CFSP in the Union's constitutional structure and its implications for determining whether an EU act should be carried under CFSP rules. I concluded by stressing the vital role of inter-institutional cooperation in the conduct of an effective foreign police.”

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