The Role of the EU in Shaping the Trade and Environment Nexus: Multilateral and Regional Approaches

Gracia Marin-Duran

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Abstract

The EU appears determined to actively use its trade agreements with other countries or regions to advance its trade and environment agenda. This chapter asks: does ‘mutual supportiveness’ between trade and environment have the same meaning for the EU in the multilateral and bilateral/regional contexts? And to what extent, if at all, are the two approaches ‘mutually supportive’ in enhancing the Union's capacity to shape the trade and environment regulatory nexus at the global level? The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 briefly introduces the trade and environment nexus to identify the key regulatory issues that will inform the analysis of the EU's approaches to the global governance of these issues. Section 3 examines the extent to which the EU legal framework enables ‘mutual supportiveness’ between EU external trade and environmental policies. Section 4 explores the EU's multilateral approach to the trade and environment nexus, focusing on one key regulatory issue of particular interest to the EU but still divisive among WTO members, namely: the clarification of the relationship between WTO rules and specific trade obligations contained in multilateral environmental agreements. Section 5 draws attention to an emerging shift in EU practice towards incorporating specific chapters on ‘trade and sustainable development’ in regional trade agreements. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the EU's role in shaping the trade and environment regulatory nexus at the global level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe EU's Role in Global Governance
Subtitle of host publicationThe Legal Dimension
EditorsBart Van Vooren, Steven Blockmans, Jan Wouters
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages224-40
ISBN (Print)9780199659654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • European Union
  • trade polcy
  • environmental policy
  • trade agreements
  • mutual supportiveness

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