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Implications of the Lisbon Treaty on EU External Trade Policy




The EU Centre in Singapore has published a background paper on the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the external trade policy of the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty has given the EU the legal personality to negotiate and conclude international treaties. External trade policy will now become an integral part of the EU external action globally. In introducing changes to make the EU trade policy more comprehensive and more democratic, what would be the implications for EU trade relations with third countries?  Ms Anne Pollet-Fort, Associate of the EU Centre and a European Commission Official (currently on leave) surveys the horizon for us to bring us some answers to what the changes in EU trade policy could mean for EU trading partners.