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Sub-State Diplomacy Today

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In an increasingly interdependent world, Europe will need its regions to tackle the challenges of globalization effectively, and to remain a leading partner on the international scene. As the Belgian federated states have the (quasi-) sovereignty to enter into foreign relations, including full treaty-making power (negotiation, conclusion and ratification) in those policy fields for which they are competent, one can, in the authors opinion, hardly speak of the existence of sub- state diplomacy in the case of Belgium. This chapter therefore prefers to refer to federated state diplomacy as opposed to sub- or infra-state foreign relations. It is clear that much of federated/sub-state diplomacy is devoted to the EU.

Keywords: Belgium; Europe; federated state diplomacy; local and regional authorities (LRAs); sub-state diplomacy



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