The European Union: Integration, Competition, Growth—And Sustainability

Susan Baker

in Implementing Sustainable Development

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199242016
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599736 | DOI:
 The European Union: Integration, Competition, Growth—And Sustainability

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Analyses efforts of the central institutions of the European Union to come to terms with sustainable development. It examines the response of different European institutions, highlighting the role of the Commission in shaping the EU response. While noting the important efforts that have been made to engage with sustainable development—for example, through the Fifth Environmental Action Plan (5EAP)—it points also to the institutional obstacles to more thorough implementation. The issues of the contrasting development and environment priorities of different member states, the EU focus on the removal of barriers to the single market, and the challenges of enlargement, are all discussed.

Keywords: enlargement; environmental policy; European Commission; European Union; governance; implementation; single market; sustainable development

Chapter.  13672 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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