From a European to a Common Security and Defence Policy

5 / 2010
Matthaios Charalampous


The Lisbon Treaty has introduced significant changes in the field of EU security and defence. On the one hand, important institutional reforms, such as the creation of a renewed High Representative, have of course a great impact on this policy field. On the other hand, the Lisbon Treaty has also introduced specific innovations in the security and defence of the European Union. The mutual defence clause and the new mechanisms for flexible cooperation such as the permanent structured cooperation, are only some of the key innovations. Generally, the European Security and Defence Policy receives its own section in the Treaty on European Union and is rebranded as Common Security and Defence Policy. Thus, the Lisbon Treaty sets the objective for a common policy in this field. However, does this reform really provide for the means for the realization of such a common policy? Furthermore, does the Lisbon Treaty increase the importance of CSDP or is the increasing importance of this policy field just reflected in the Treaty text? These are the main questions that the present paper attempts to address through the analysis of the new institutional setting of the post-Lisbon security and defence policy, as well as through the examination of the specific innovations in this area.

About the author

Matthaios Charalampous has graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Brussels (VUB) with a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in international and European law (PILC program, IES). He holds a university degree in law and in linguistics, both from the University of Athens. Matthaios Charalampous is a qualified Greek lawyer, has work experience as a lawyer, and has held a traineeship at the European Parliament. He takes a particular interest in security and defence issues, some of which are dealt with in the present paper.