In 1992 the Maastricht Treaty introduced specific provisions on EU development cooperation at Treaty level. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty most of these provisions were carried over in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty has however introduced a number of both minor and major novelties, and certain parts of the provisions have been re-arranged. Moreover, the Lisbon Treaty proposes to introduce a higher degree of consistency in the European Union’s external relations - including also its actions in the field of development cooperation.This paper sets out, firstly, to map out the Union’s Treaty basis following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, secondly, it attempts to identify the likely consequences that the changes are likely to bring about, and, thirdly, it will point out some problems regarding the Treaty basis that either have been carried on or have been introduced with the Lisbon Treaty.
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