The European Union and Global Engagement
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The European Union and Global Engagement

Institutions, Policies and Challenges

Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand

Written by a broad range of international experts, The European Union and Global Engagement examines the current state of the European Union and its relationship with the world. The book presents fresh perspectives on the interplay between EU internal developments and its global engagement. While considering the impact and presence of the EU around the world, the collection has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary book is an essential and accessible resource for students and scholars of European studies, as well as for public servants, business practitioners, researchers and journalists. It will appeal to everyone who seeks to understand the fast-moving policy developments in the EU’s actions on the world stage.
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Chapter 9: Environmental policy in the European Union: through integration to sustainability

Alfonso Martínez Arranz

Abstract

The European Union (EU) defines itself as an environmental leader and was quick to take on board ambitious plans to integrate environmental policy into its broad range of policy-making. This chapter first introduces the history of EU environmental policy-making and the concept of environmental policy integration that it enthusiastically adopted. It then asks how effective EU policy has been at implementing this concept by analysing overlooked areas for environmental policy-making: the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and information and communication technologies (ICT). Much of the reform of the CAP was based on repackaging some of its funding as ‘sustainability’ spending; however, this hides continuing paradoxes. In turn, ICT were notably heralded as a solution to environmental problems and as a feasible way towards the dematerialization of growth; however, they have come with problems of their own.

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