EU Gets New Status at the UN

This is the kind of news that often goes unnoticed in spite of its importance. EUobserver reports that Member States have agreed to table a resolution in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to give the EU the right to speak at the Assembly. This means that in the future the president of the European Council (currently Herman van Rompuy) will be able to address the General Assembly just like any other head of state. The EU also wants to get the right to make proposals and submit amendments, the right of reply, the right to raise points of order and the right to circulate documents.

Now this does not mean that the European Union will become a full member of the UN; that is impossible under current conditions. But this move is quite typical for the EU approach – gradual transformation and “fusion in action”.

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