Trade and Competition Law in the EU and Beyond
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Trade and Competition Law in the EU and Beyond

Edited by Inge Govaere, Reinhard Quick and Marco Bronckers

This well-documented book comprises a stellar cast of European and American authors delivering an overview of cutting edge issues in the areas of trade and competition law, arising in the EU and beyond.
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Chapter 6: The Debate Continues: Are Border Adjustments of Emission Trading Schemes a Means to Protect the Climate or are they ‘Naked’ Protectionism?

Reinhard Quick

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JOBNAME: Trade and Competitio PAGE: 1 SESS: 5 OUTPUT: Mon Jun 20 16:16:16 2011 6. The debate continues: are border adjustments of emission trading schemes a means to protect the climate or are they ‘naked’ protectionism? Reinhard Quick* I have known Jacques for many years and always admired his intellectual curiosity and his enthusiasm, which go far beyond his professional activities. Over the years I had the privilege of discovering his manifold interests during lively and enriching conversations amongst colleagues and friends in professional meetings, as well as in the private gatherings of the ‘Cercle Bourgeois’. It is a pleasure for me to honour Jacques with this contribution. 6.1 INTRODUCTION: THE EXTENSION OF ETS TO IMPORTS Trade and climate change has been the subject of an intense political and academic debate in the last few years.1 At the heart of the debate are unilateral trade measures against ‘climate sinners’. Supporters of these measures consider them necessary for reasons of fairness.2 The The views expressed in this chapter are those of the author. For an overview see Hufbauer, G., Charnovitz, S., Kim, J., Global Warming and the World Trading System, Washington, Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2009; or Cottier, T., Nartova, O., Bigdeli, S. (eds), International Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate Change, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009; see also WTO/UNEP Report on Trade and Climate Change, Geneva, 2009, available at www.wto.org. 2 In a letter to Commission President Barroso in April 2010, President Sarkozy of France and...

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