Policy Paper 69
 

La compétence de l’UE dans le voisinage selon l’article 8 du TUE

Christophe Hillion, Chercheur senior, Institut suédois d’études européennes (SIEPS) — Since the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Union is formally instructed to “develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries” (Article 8 TEU). While this explicit mandate partly codifies past EU engagement, particularly through the European Neighbourhood Policy, it introduces several noticeable novelties in the way in which the Union conceives of, and develops its policy towards its vicinity. Envisaged as a EU ‘neighbourhood competence’ with a value-promotion objective and a mandatory nature, it epitomises the EU as normative power. Yet, despite the strong constitutional instruction of the TEU, and the profound changes in the region, the actual engagement of the Union (and its Member States) towards the vicinity has not profoundly changed. It is argued that the EU neighbourhood policy appears to be affected by the disadvantages of its constitutionalisation, and incapable of reaping the latter’s benefits in terms of compelling the EU institutions and Member States to act forcefully.

|   15/02/2013                       |   Europe dans le monde
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Ce Policy
Paper est une contribution de Christophe Hillion (SIEPS) au
projet Think
Global – Act European (TGAE). Thinking Strategically about the EU’s external
action
dirigé par Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors(rapport
disponible en mars 2013, dir. Elvire Fabry,
Chercheur Senior, Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors).

Since the
Treaty of Lisbon, the European Union is formally instructed to “develop a
special relationship with neighbouring countries” (Article 8 TEU). While this explicit
mandate partly codifies past EU engagement, particularly through the European
Neighbourhood Policy, it introduces several noticeable novelties in the way in
which the Union conceives of, and develops its policy towards its vicinity.
Envisaged as a EU ‘neighbourhood competence’ with a value-promotion objective
and a mandatory nature, it epitomises the EU as normative power. Yet, despite
the strong constitutional instruction of the TEU, and the profound changes in
the region, the actual engagement of the Union (and its Member States) towards
the vicinity has not profoundly changed. It is argued that the EU neighbourhood
policy appears to be affected by the disadvantages of its
constitutionalisation, and incapable of reaping the latter’s benefits in terms
of compelling the EU institutions and Member States to act forcefully.

Avant la publication
du rapport final présentant les recommandations clés des16 think tanks mobilisés dans ce projet, 5 séries
de Policy Papers portent sur les sujets suivants : Voisinage de l’UE, PSDC, Ressources stratégiques, Migration et Politiques économiques.

Ce Policy
Paper fait partie de la série intitulée « Comment faire du voisinage de
l’Union européenne une opportunité pour l’Union elle-même?
» qui comprend
les contributions de Michele Comelli (IAI), Adam Balcer (demosEUROPA), Haizam
Amirah Fernández (Elcano Royal Institute), Timo Behr (Notre Europe – Jacques
Delors Institute
), Lucia Najšlová (Europeum), Vera Rihácková (Europeum),
Olga Shumylo-Tapiola (Carnegie Europe).

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