'Greening' the European Union: What can be learned from the leaders of EU environmental policy?

Jordan, AJ and Lenschow, A (2000) 'Greening' the European Union: What can be learned from the leaders of EU environmental policy? European Environment, 10 (3). pp. 109-120. ISSN 0961-0405

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Abstract

The European Union (EU) has undoubtedly made enormous strides in developing a progressive environmental policy, but many of its own policies actively undermine the pursuit of sustainable development. In the aftermath of the 1999 Amsterdam Treaty, the EU is finally beginning to confront the thorny problem of how to 'green' itself. The vehicle selected to reach this goal is the so-called 'Cardiff process' of review and reporting, which is currently exploring the opportunities to achieve environmental policy integration (EPI) at the European level. However, it is argued that in order to 'green' the EU, member states must also take complementary steps to green themselves by implementing EPI at national and sub-national levels. The progress hitherto made by four of the 'greenest' states of the EU, namely Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, is examined in order to investigate the opportunities for cross-national learning in this politically and ecologically important area of contemporary European environmental policy.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 13:27
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 21:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/32470
DOI: 10.1002/1099-0976(200005/06)10:3<109::AID-EET227>3.0.CO;2-Z

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