Introduction, Section III
Does a more liberal trade regime threaten national environmental sovereignty? Do national environmental rules and regulations pose unreasonable barriers to trade? What are the issues and challenges to achieve both trade and environmental goals?
How might the standardization of manufacturing processes prove helpful or harmful to local, national, regional, and global environments? Should voluntary environmental management systems begin to replace command and control measures for environmental protection?
Why are U.S. and EU-member governments seldom “in synch” on trade and environmental issues? To enhance cooperation between the U.S. and the EU, how might Atlantic partners anticipate and overcome obstacles bearing on trade and environmental policy?
Many advocates of sustainable development urge that sustainable societies can be realized only at local levels of organization, with modes of production kept small to protect the environment and to give average citizens more power over economic decisions. Can globalizing economic forces be reconciled with the demands of sustainable development?
Do post-industrial nations’ strict environmental rules compel pollutionprone industries to relocate to countries where environmental rules are weak?
How might the transatlantic partners encourage multinational companies (MNCs) to dedicate more private initiative to serve the public interest in environmental improvement?
KeywordsEnvironmental Policy World Trade Organization Dispute Resolution Environmental Management System Multinational Company
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