Perceptions of the EU in international institutions

Authored by: Sonia Lucarelli

Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415539463
eBook ISBN: 9780203083642
Adobe ISBN: 9781136186509


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With a 17 per cent share of world trade (34 percent with intra-EU trade), the European Union (EU) is the world’s biggest trade actor. Moreover, the EU is the main donor in humanitarian assistance – supporting around 18 million people in 60 countries per year – and its support for peacekeeping missions spans through several regions of the planet, from Africa to Asia and the Middle East. A central promoter for programs of democracy and human rights promotion, the EU is active also in development cooperation and in the protection of the environment. In order to pursue these policies, the Union has established a wide range of partnerships, interregional dialogues, presence (with a different status and combination of EU and member states’ membership (cf. Missiroli, 2010: 449–52) in international organisations (Blavoukos and Bourantonis, 2011; Jørgensen, 2008) and has supported the creation of international agencies such as the International Criminal Court (Broomhall, 2003), thereby accomplishing what is considered to be its ‘ontological multilateralism’.

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