Current Challenges of the EU in Foreign Policy and the EU Global Strategy

On 17 March, the International Law Students Association (ILSA) invited Dr. Aaron Matta to give a guest lecture at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Matta’s presentation concentrated on the current challenges facing the European Union foreign policy and how they can be addressed through the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy that its currently being developed.

The main focus of Dr. Matta’s lecture was the EU’s contribution to common global rules. He addressed issues ranging from migration, counter terrorism, energy and climate change, common security and defense policy, cyber governance, to the crises in EU neighboring countries and a resurgent Russia as well as tensions between interests and values in EU external relations.

“There must be greater solidarity, coherence and coordination among EU Member States if the EU is to overcome its current existential crisis,” stressed Dr. Matta.

Dr. Matta further argued that for the EU to become a more influential contributor to common global rules, the Global Strategy should unequivocally defend international law and human rights while fostering a joint sense of ownership and genuine global legitimacy. In this vain, the EU should play a vital role in connecting, facilitating and promoting these internationally accepted norms while at the same time embracing innovative and more inclusive governance mechanisms.

Dr. Matta also highlighted work carried out by the Institute on the EU Strategic Review process. On 8 December 2015, the Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, welcomed a high-level discussion on the EU’s forthcoming Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. The event featured keynote remarks from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. The expert consultation produced a report with recommendations regarding the EU’s role in developing the international legal order, promoting effective multilateral institutions and engaging non-state actors when tackling the most pressing global challenges. Learn more

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