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The EU's Role in Global GovernanceThe Legal Dimension$
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Bart Van Vooren, Steven Blockmans, and Jan Wouters

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.001.0001

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The EU at the G20 and the G20’s Impact on the EU

The EU at the G20 and the G20’s Impact on the EU

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The EU's Role in Global Governance

Jan Wouters

Sven Van Kerckhoven

Jed Odermatt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the European Union (EU), and the G20. The first part discusses the representation of the EU at the G20 meetings. The EU's G20 membership is unique in that it is the only non-state member of the club. Interestingly, the EU's G20 membership amplifies the voices of the Member States already at the table, as they also have the strongest voice in drafting the EU's position for G20 meetings. The question arises to what extent smaller EU Member States, being excluded from direct participation in G20 meetings, have a say on the EU position at the G20. The second part of the chapter deals with the relationship between the G20 and the EU. The G20 process and its decisions have a strong influence on decisions taken at the European level. The EU has been one of the best students of the G20 class in following up on G20 decisions. This allows the EU to move faster internally: when a regulatory issue is elevated to the G20 level and agreed there, opposition from EU Member States is often made much more difficult.

Keywords:   European Union, G20, representation, decision making, Member States

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