A stronger Europe in the world
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What is it?
The current Foreign Policy and External Action Plan of the European Commission seeks to coordinate European member states in a wide range of policy areas in order to reinforce the EU's presence and voice in the world. The final objectives are a more secure, prosperous world where the EU is a global leader that sets the most ambitious climate, environmental and labour protections' standards.
What does it do?
The plan coordinates several types of policy areas with specific aims, namely:
1) Foreign Policy
Aim - To coordinate the presence of the European Union in the world.
Example of initiative - The European External Service (EEAS) delegation throughout the world guarantee that European citizens can get diplomatic assistance from other European delegation.
2) European Neighbourhood Policy
Aim - To promote stability and cooperation in political, economic, and security terms in the region.
Example of initiative - The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
3) International Partnerships & Humanitarian aid, civil protection
Aim - To promote economic and social stability in developing countries via aid and cooperation. To provide humanitarian aid with particular attention to the most vulnerable victims.
Example of initiative - The European Union has contributed over €1.1 B. to the Yemen crisis, including €692 M. in humanitarian aid and €393 M. in development assistance.
4) Trade policy
Aim - To guarantee that European businesses compete fairly, thrive and can get access to necessary investment.
Example of initiative - Presence of the European Union as an actor in the World Trade Organization (WTO) forums.
5) Security and defence
Aim - To reinforce the EU's civilian and military capabilities to prevent and manage crises.
Example of initiative - Transatlantic EU-NATO cooperation in information sharing, coordinated planning and concrete cooperations.
6) EU enlargement
Aim - To invest in peace, security and stability in Europe.
Example of initiative - Montenegro's negotiation process of EU membership.
7) The European Defence Industry
Aim - To strengthen the competitiveness of the defence industry, including SMEs.
Example of initiative - The European Defence Fund (EDF).
Source: EC Website, 2021.
- A stronger Europe in the world.
- Policy area - Foreign Policy.
- Policy area - European neighbourhood.
- Policy area - International Partnerships.
- Policy area - Humanitarian aid, civil protection.
- Policy area - Trade Policy.
- Policy area - Security and Defence.
- Policy area - EU enlargement.
- Policy area - The European Defence Industry.
- Global Gateway Initiative.
- Factsheet - The Eastern Partnership beyond 2020: Reinforcing Resilience (European Commission).
- Communication - Strengthening the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism (European Commission).
- Conference on the Future of Europe.
- EU IN THE WORLD - A stronger Europe in the world (European Commission).
- The EU as a global actor (EEAS).
- EU Global Strategy - Foreign policy matters to you (EEAS).
- How does EU trade policy work? (European Parliament)
- The challenges of EU Neighborhood Policy - Johaness Hann (European Commissioner) (New Europe, 2015).