February 10, 2013
Slovenia’s government is teetering and any candidate for an interim foreign minister should be given ECFR scorecard to propose how to improve country’s foreign policy profile within EU.
The formulation of European foreign policy and the performance of European institutions on the parameters of foreign policy presuppose that we have set goals beforehand and that we measure outcomes against proclaimed goals. According to my knowledge EU did not come up with the EU foreign policy strategy yet, even more, we do not have a mechanism to develop it. But, we do rely on intergovernmental negotiations when struggling over 80 policy areas. Of course, if we want to be coherent in the implementation of policies and the mechanisms we are using, we urgently need the strategy. European foreign policy, carried out by EEAS, is dominated by nationally established norms for organization and operation, which is to some extent predictable, but not really suitable for this supra-national entity at the beginning of 21st century. Why do we evaluate performance of individual member countries if EEAS should become the global player in the future? Starting from global processes, where European foreign policy should feature prominently, I can see three broad goals.
- The first is to increase global security – main topics range from terrorism, environmental and energy security to cooperation with regional security and defence institutions. European security strategy should be somehow modernised and surpass global North-South relations, as reproached in Mali response.
- The second broad objective is to increase prosperity in the world – EU has to maintain its active role in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Climate policy, for example, must be seen as an instrument for achieving the seventh millennium goal rather than as an expression of European diplomatic skills on global level.
- The third major objective is to boost political leadership. Globally, we are looking into an effective representation of the EU in the international organizations and waiting for the uniform EU response to crisis and outstanding events such as voting on Palestine status in UN General Assembly.
Author : Adriana Dvorsak