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The convention on the future of Europe: An environmental perspective

Jans, JH; Scott, J; (2003) The convention on the future of Europe: An environmental perspective. Journal of Environmental Law , 15 (3) pp. 323-339. 10.1093/jel/15.3.323.

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Abstract

This article considers some of the main environmental implications of the new European Treaty submitted in June 2003. Early drafts of the new Constitution proved something of a shock for the environmental movement. The environmental integration principle was only reinserted at the last moment, but no longer has the same prominence, and again only late in the day were the overall objectives of the Union amended to reflect the goals of sustainable development. The environment is made an explicit shared competence between the Union and Member States, though the authors argue that the concepts of competence in the current Draft are too sharply drawn. The proposed new forms of legal instrument and the proposals for delegated powers will be especially important in the environmental field. The Constitution proposed new initiatives on participatory democracy but fails to deal with access to justice issues. Overall the draft text is by no means ideal from an environmental perspective, but markedly better than the original version.

Type: Article
Title: The convention on the future of Europe: An environmental perspective
DOI: 10.1093/jel/15.3.323
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/38279
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