The European Parliament in External Agreements

Adrienne Héritier, Katharina L. Meissner, Catherine Moury, Magnus G. Schoeller

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This chapter examines the EP’s informal empowerment in the highly politicized area of EU trade agreements. In trade policy, the Lisbon Treaty granted the EP a major new right of ratification of international agreements falling under the common commercial policy. We analyse how the EP managed to significantly widen its powers beyond the final approval of trade agreements to an informal involvement in the shaping of these agreements. As this chapter shows, the EP used the strategies of sanctioning, delaying and unilateral action in order to obtain new informal institutional powers that went further than the Lisbon Treaty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Administrative Governance
EditorsThomas Christiansen, Sophie Vanhoonacker
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-16777-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-16776-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEuropean Administrative Governance
ISSN (Print)2524-7263
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7271


  • Common commercial policy
  • Empowerment
  • European Parliament
  • Informal rules
  • Trade agreement


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