The EU as an international actor. INS 593-391 The European Union and The World Joaquín Roy February 2005. Is there a EU Foreign Policy? External Relations of a sui generis entity. Free Trade Area Customs Union Common Market Economic Union Political Union
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The European Union and The World
for the CFSP
External Relations and
European Neighborhood Policy
Jose Manuel Barroso
Humanitarian Aid and Development Policy.
II. The Institutions of the European Union
The Delegations of the External Service, although hierarchically a part of the Commission structure, in practice serve European Union interests as a whole in 123 countries throughout the world. There are also five centres (in Geneva, New York, Paris, Rome and Vienna) of international organizations (OECD, OSCE, UN and WTO)
They aim to:
The Delegations play a key role in the implementation of external assistance. Since 2000, they are closely involved in programming and managing projects directly from start to finish, in close contact with Europe Aid and host country authorities, within the framework of rules set in Brussels.
EU Ambassador to the US and Head of Delegation, John Bruton, and President Bush
Josep Borrell, President of the European Parliament, and Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Thanks to the European Parliament the Cotonou Convention, which links the European Union to 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) now includes a 'democracy clause' i. e. the option to suspend aid to states guilty of serious human rights violations.
In 1988 Parliament established the Sakharov Prize, which is awarded annually to one or more individuals or a group who have distinguished themselves in the struggle for human rights.
Koffi Annan (2003) and Osvaldo Payá (2002),
awarded with the Sakharov Prize
Foreign Affairs Minister
Vice-President of the Commission
President of Council Foreign Affairs