The Foreign And Security Policy

1835 WordsNov 20, 20158 Pages
To achieve an “ever closer Union” members of the European Union had to relinquish certain governance authorities to the Supranational Institutions of the European Unions. The accumulation of power in governance by the EU institutions over the past 50 years have shown that member states are willing to empower the Institutions in regards to their economic policies and social policies which had profound impact on the lives of the European citizens and raised their living standards dramatically. In order to maintain this progressive trajectory a cohesive foreign policy initiative was seen necessary. Major European member states were reluctant in giving up their sovereign right of making their foreign policies to the supranational institutions of the European Union. Therefore, a forum in which EU countries would come together to discuss and cohere their foreign policies was deemed necessary. As result, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) was initiated to fulfill the desired role. The Common Foreign and Security policy have many weaknesses, which can have significant affect on the direction of future integration in its realm. The Maastricht Treaty established the Common Foreign And Security Policy (CFSP) to replace European Political Cooperation (EPC). The CFSP was one of the pillars of the European Union Until the Treaty of Lisbon changed the pillar systems. The main area of operation for CFSP is defense, security, and external affairs. The main objective of the forum
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