The project aims at answering the following questions:
- Have the institutional innovations of the Lisbon Treaty vis-à-vis the EU Presidency system increased the effectiveness of EU multilateral engagement in the UN? Have they brought along the much-desired cohesion and projection of the EU collective bargaining power? Or have they rather increased confusion as to ‘who speaks for Europe’ in the UN system? We focus on the UN institutional structures covered by Resolution 65/276, namely UNGA -the most representative political UN organ- and the other fora that operate under its aegis (Committees, Commissions, and Conferences), examining interactions from May 2011 onwards.
- Have the activities, especially of the High Representative, in the above mentioned period reinforced the permanent tier of the EU Presidency system? How good and efficient is the cooperation with the rotating tier and other actors in the EU external policymaking process? More generally, can we trace any signs or envisage the ascendance of the President and the High Representative as new political actors in the EU institutional structure, i.e. ‘new actors in town’ that strive to solidify and expand their autonomy potential?