Challenging the notion of coherence in EU foreign investment policy
Title: Challenging the notion of coherence in EU foreign investment policy
Author: LENK, Hannes
Citation: European journal of legal studies, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 6-20
External link: http://www.ejls.eu/
There have long been demands for more coherence in EU external action. The Lisbon Treaty has introduced important institutional changes in this respect. However, coherence – in the broad sense of a positive process that is focused on establishing synergies between various policy fields and actors – is still largely lacking for an EU foreign investment policy. An institutional bifurcation of different Directorates-General puts fuel to the fire of a conceptual confusion of intra-EU and extra-EU investment agreements. As a consequence, overarching concerns such as compatibility with the principle of autonomy or effects of investor-state arbitration on the internal market are missing a coherent approach.
Subject: BITs; Coherence; Intra-EU; Extra-EU; EU foreign investment policy
Type of Access: openAccess