The (un)successful EU Environmental Policy

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  • Rafael Leite Pinto University of Minho

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21814/unio.6.1.2709

Keywords:

Environmental policy – sustainable development goals – sustainable development goals implementation – climate change

Abstract

The EU asserts itself as a leader when it comes to climate change policy. In this article, we analyze the EU’s environmental action regarding the 7th Environmental Action Programme 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 2030 set by the UN. We synthesise the successes and failures of the EU’s environmental policy in the fields of emissions reduction, circular economy, biodiversity, energy policy and agricultural policy, with the goal of understanding where the EU is lacking and what, therefore, needs stronger measures to reach international goals and avoid an environmental catastrophe. We conclude that the EU will not reach most environmental targets set for 2020 and in order to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, what changes need to be implemented to ensure stronger environmental measures.

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Published

2020-07-05

How to Cite

Leite Pinto, R. (2020). The (un)successful EU Environmental Policy. UNIO – EU Law Journal, 6(1), 51-67. https://doi.org/10.21814/unio.6.1.2709

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