EU development cooperation and the CFSP: mutual encroachment?

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Development cooperation and foreign and security policy are intimately related, but in an EU context these policies are placed within different legal and institutional schemes. With regard to development cooperation the reduction/eradication of poverty is a “primary objective” which must be accorded particular weight. In practice security and migration objectives are also attributed considerable weight in the development cooperation policy, however. This may be explained by the Lisbon Treaty’s streamlining of objectives provided by Article 21 TEU and the creation of the High Representative/the EEAS. Similarly, in the areas of security and migration the EU’s CFSP is used to further objectives that also have a clear development or humanitarian aspect meaning that the CFSP pursues objectives that in principle fall within the development cooperation objectives – both at the general level and when we turn to the implementation of the CFSP. The two policy areas therefore mutually encroach upon one-another.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy
EditorsSteven Blockmans, Panos Koutrakos
Number of pages22
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-78536-407-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78536-408-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesResearch Handbooks in European Law series

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