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The EU's Role in Global GovernanceThe Legal Dimension$
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Bart Van Vooren, Steven Blockmans, and Jan Wouters

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.001.0001

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Ambition, Complexity, and Legitimacy of Pursuing Mutual Supportiveness Through the EU’s External Environmental Action

Ambition, Complexity, and Legitimacy of Pursuing Mutual Supportiveness Through the EU’s External Environmental Action

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(p.195) 12 Ambition, Complexity, and Legitimacy of Pursuing Mutual Supportiveness Through the EU’s External Environmental Action
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The EU's Role in Global Governance
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Elisa Morgera

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.003.0013

This chapter discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the EU's external action in pursuing holistic environmental protection outside its borders. The first section focuses on the goal of the EU's external environmental action to support environmental multilateralism and contribute to shaping a holistic approach in international environmental law. The second section considers the plethora of external relations tools used by the EU to achieve its global environmental objectives. The third section assesses the legitimacy of EU external environmental action against the international environmental principle of common but differentiated responsibility, taking recent EU initiatives on sustainable forest management and biofuels as case studies. The concluding section identifies the diversity of approaches currently deployed by the EU and the most promising characteristics to ensure that EU external environmental action fully respects EU and international law.

Keywords:   European Union, environmental protection, environmental law, international law, external policy, environmental multilateralism

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