The EU’s external action after Lisbon: competences, policy consistency and participation in international environmental negotiations

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This chapter focuses on the external dimension of EU environmental law and discusses the main developments that the Lisbon Treaty brought in this particular area, in the light of the most recent practice of the EU institutions and the Member States, as well as the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Accordingly, we will first sketch out the competence and legal bases for EU external environmental action. Against this backdrop, we will look into how the EU has implemented the mandate of environmental integration, in order to ensure the consistency of its external environmental policy with other areas of EU external action, such as in particular the Common Commercial Policy (CCP). Finally, we will assess how the EU participates in international environmental negotiations. The chapter concludes with an evaluation of the EU´s track record as a global actor in international environmental governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on EU Environmental Law
EditorsMarjan Peeters, Mariolina Eliantonio
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020


  • EU environmental law
  • Lisbon Treaty
  • environmental integration
  • Common Commercial Policy (CCP)
  • international environmental negotiations

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