The European Union in the Gx System


Year of publication: 2012
Author(s): Peter Debaere, Jan Orbie
Appeared in: Handbook on Europe and International Institutions
Publisher: Routledge(Routledge)


This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the EU’s role in the G7, G8 and G20. It first explores the way in which the EU is represented in this Gx system and then assesses the extent to which the EU coordinates its position in the context of Gx meetings. In doing so, much attention will be paid to differences across the G7, G8 and G20 forums and to the legitimacy of the EU’s role in the Gx. Particular emphasis lies on the distinctive features of the Gx system. The informal organisation of these forums, their vague and unclear procedures, and the different compositions and competences across the G7, G8 and G20 partly explain why a clear EU representation and coordination is not evident and why the privileges of the EU4 can be maintained.