April 22, 2008
The EMI proposes that the President of the European Council (who occupies this position for two years) does not exercise the limited powers of representation in the areas of Foreign Affairs and Security, as described in the Lisbon Treaty.
The President should be the leading representative of the EU in these areas and should be considered such whenever the EU deals with these areas, both within the EU and outside the EU. In addition, we need to avoid the risk of overlap with the functions of the High Representative.
In the case of the High Representative, there is no type of guarantee that the Member States will back the policy he/she recommends. However, in the case of the President, it is legitimate to demand of the Member States that his rank is considered equal to that of any Head of State. This will give him/her more authority to coordinate efforts in these areas.