The building blocks and stumbling stones of constructing the European legal space

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The integration of third European countries into the EU’s framework of policies and rules is a trajectory of renewed attention in law and politics. The international agreements setting up a legal relationship between the EU and the third European country might differ in detail, but are characterized by similar legal building blocks and legal tools. This chapter explains which categories of international agreements exist and which legal tools are employed to build a European Legal Space in which the EU rules and policies are extended to third countries. The legal content and the legal tools extending EU rules and enforcing and safeguarding their application in international agreements are decisively shaped by the EU’s formal, political and judicial conditions. These conditions are characterized by respecting EU’s competences, safeguarding the integrity of EU law and the autonomy of the EU courts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe evolving nature of EU external relations law
EditorsWybe Douma, Eckes Christina, Van Elsuwege Peter, Kassoti Eva, Ott Andrea, Wessel Ramses A.
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherT.M.C. Asser Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6265-423-5
ISBN (Print)978-9-46-265422-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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