European Module/Corso Jean Monnet

EU roles in International Governance/
I ruoli dell’UE nella
governance internazionale

11 Marzo – 22 Maggio 2010

UniversitÓ di Catania
FacoltÓ di Scienze Politiche
Corso di Laurea in Politica e Relazioni Internazionali







European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Responsabile scientifico:
Stefania Panebianco

Professore di Scienza Politica
e Relazioni Internazionali

Centro Europeo 
Jean Monnet "Euro-Med


What kind of role(s) does the EU play in international governance? Is the EU so influential to compel its partners to comply with EU standards? Is the EU able to export the norms which regulate the EU political and economic development model? Is the EU able to promote human rights and democracy through regional cooperation? In order to tackle these questions the Module of European Political Integration EU Roles in International Governance will illustrate the multiplicity of roles the EU plays in the international environment.


This module draws upon the assumption that the EU as a multilevel political system is projecting to the global governance its internal variety, i.e. the coexistence of different institutions, agencies, experts, interest groups, together with national interests and players within the Union polity. The Module is based on the most advanced researches within the European Political Integration field which assume that it is not possible to single out a single EU international political body, thus the notion of a unique role which implies a clear, coherent and cohesive EU international role would be misleading.


Accordingly, this Module on the EU international action aims to train the students of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Catania on the multiplicity of roles the EU plays. The module will offer the analytical and conceptual tools linked to the EU’s actions in the international governance and will strengthen the students’ awareness on these new developments within the European Political Science.


The workshops of the European Module enter into the debate on the responsibilities the EU has to endorse in the global governance and the challenges it faces in a changed world. This topic has emerged as one of the most relevant issues within the European Union Politics subject and is endorsed by several EU documents. Some EU documents illustrating the paths for new roles the EU can play in international politics can be briefly mentioned. The European Commission’s White Paper on the European Governance of July 2001 raised the need for the Union to “seek to apply the principles of good governance to its global responsibilities”. The Laeken Declaration on the Future of the EU adopted in December 2001 urged the EU to play “a stabilising role worldwide”, exporting the EU “humane values” which include – inter alia - human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy, respect of diversity, etc. More recently, the Title V on the Union’s external action contained in the Constitutional Treaty seeks to offer a general framework for the EU to act as: a multilateral actor, a human rights and democracy promoter, a security-provider, a stabilizer of the EU neighbourhood.


The wide range of actions and roles the EU conducts and plays in the international governance will be illustrated through this European module. The module will allow the students to acquire specific knowledge on EU external roles and will help them to develop critical and analytical skills in order to understand the new challenges the EU institutions face in the international governance.


fficio Relazioni Internazionali
 FacoltÓ di Scienze Politiche

Valentina Barbagallo