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The European Union in international environmental negotiations: a legal perspective on the internal decision-making process

  • Tom Delreux
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Abstract

From an EU point of view, most international environmental agreements are mixed. This means that both the European Community (EC) and its member states are party to the agreement. As the participation of the EC in international negotiations and agreements is properly arranged by the Treaty establishing the European Community, but the EU member states’ participation is not legally organized on the EU level, the internal decision-making process regarding mixed agreements is rather complicated. Insights into this process are needed to understand the representation and the role of the European Union in international environmental negotiations. This article clarifies the legal framework of the EU decision-making process regarding such negotiations.

Keywords

EU decision-making EU member states European Commission Mixed agreements 

Abbreviations

AETR

European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport

CFSP

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Coreper

Comité des Représentants Permanents

EC

European Community

ECJ

European Court of Justice

EEC

European Economic Community

EP

European Parliament

EU

European Union

IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency

ILO

International Labour Organization

JHA

Justice and Home Affairs

MEP

Member of European Parliament

QMV

Qualified Majority Voting

SEA

Single European Act

TEC

Treaty establishing the European Community

TEU

Treaty of the European Union

UNCTAD

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

WPIEI

Working Party on International Environmental Issues

WTO

World Trade Organization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for International and European Policy, ResearchUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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