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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Policy of the European Union.

  1. Introduction to the External Relations and Trade Policy of the European Union
  2. European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  3. Historical evolution of the EU Foreign Policy
  4. Role of the European Parliament and the European External Action Service (EEAS)
  5. The European Union and the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  6. Enlargement and neighbourhood policies of the European Union
    1. European Union Enlargement
    2. European Neighbourhood Policy
    3. Eastern Partnership. Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
    4. Western Balkans
    5. South Caucasus
    6. Black Sea Synergy
    7. Adriatic-Ionian Initiative
    8. European Economic Area (European Free Trade Association) and Switzerland
    9. Southern partners: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia
    10. Customs Unions with Andorra, San Marino and Turkey
  7. Strategic partners of the European Union:
    1. United States
    2. Canada
    3. Japan: The EU is negotiating a free trade agreement and a strategic partnership agreement
    4. India
    5. China
    6. South Korea
  8. Relationships beyond the EU Neighbourhood
    1. Russia
    2. Arab countries: Agreements with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iraq, Yemen
    3. Asia: Agreements with the ASEAN, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, New Zealand
      1. The EU has not relations with Iran
    4. Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-CELAC): Agreements with the Andean Countries, the CARIFORUM, the MERCOSUR (not in force), Mexico, Central America and Chile
    5. Africa: Strategic Partnership with the European Union (Cotonou Agreement)
      1. Agreements with the CEDEAO, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Ghana, the SADC, the EAC
      2. Agadir Agreement
  9. EU Trade regimes applicable to the countries in development
  10. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  11. EU free trade agreements
  12. Introduction to the EU foreign trade
  13. EU's Development Policy.
    1. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    2. Financial instruments for external action
    3. EU humanitarian aid
  14. Other regional institutions related to the European Union
    1. Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM)
    2. Central European Initiative (CEI)
    3. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
    4. Council of the Baltic Sea States
    5. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
    6. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) (Observer)
    7. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The objectives of the subject “European Foreign Policy” are the following:

  1. To know the fundamentals of the European Union's Foreign Policy
  2. To analyse the EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies
  3. To understand the EU's relations with its strategic partners
  4. To analyse the EU's relations with other regions (Africa, America, Asia...)
  5. To understand the EU trade regimes applicable to the developing countries and the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  6. To analyse the EU's economic agreements and free trade agreements
Subject “EU Foreign Policy” is part of the following programs:
  1. Doctorate: Europe
  2. Online Masters: Europe, International Business
  3. Course: International relations of the European Union

Languages of study English or Spanish Politica Exterior UE French Politique extérieure de l’UE Portuguese Política Externa da UE.

Sample of the subject - EU Foreign Policy:
European Union-Canada Economic Agreement

Description of the Subject - Foreign Policy of the European Union:

In 1993 the European Union created the Foreign and Security Policy.

The European Parliament oversees the EU Foreign Policy through the European External Action Service.

The objectives of the EU Foreign Policy are:

  1. Preservation of peace
  2. Strengthening international security
  3. Promoting international cooperation
  4. Fostering the rule of law, human rights and democracy

Since the crisis of 2008, the European Union has promoted free trade agreements and association agreements with the third countries seeking, among other things, to reduce the trade barriers faced by many European exporters.

European Union-South Africa Trade and Cooperation Agreement

US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)



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