Can Environmental Standards in Trade Agreements be and Effective Instrument of EU External Environmental Governance?

Authored by Dr Evgeny Postnikov. Presented at the Governance Innovation Week, University of Pretoria, 1-5 June 2015.

June 2015

The European Union (EU) has spearheaded the signing of bilateral preferential trade agreements (PTAs) with multiple countries across the developing world. Theses agreements play an increasingly important role in the EU’s external environmental governance toolkit, as they include provisions requiring trading partners to maintain certain levels of environmental protection, also known as environmental standards. This policy brief aims to provide a holistic assessment of environmental standards in EU PTAs and critically evaluate whether they fulfil their potential as an effective instrument of EU external environmental governance.

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