A more democratic EU external action

Parallel Session D.1 – 16.15 – 17:30, Thursday 2 May, Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati, EUI

Abstract: The panellists will discuss how the EU external action has evolved over the past ten years since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and assess whether it has developed into a more democratic policy, i.e. more accountable, transparent and inclusive. Building on their own first-hand experience, they will look in particular at the decision-making processes, the formal and informal evolution of the role of each EU institution in this area and the inter-institutional dynamics. They will also share their analysis on how the EU foreign and security policy could further develop in the coming years and under which conditions it could strengthen both its impact and its democratic legitimacy.

Moderator: Alexandre Stutzmann, Director for Committees, Directorate-General External Policies, European Parliament


Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission

Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal