The European Union and Sustainable Development: Internal and External Dimensions

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Asp / Vubpress / Upa, 2006 - Business & Economics - 341 pages
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Since the Treaty of Amsterdam, sustainable development is legally enshrined among the fundamental objectives of European integration, and the contributors to this volume bring a diversity of perspectives to bear on both the internal and external dimensions of the EU’s relationship with sustainable development. The diversity of views reflected in this book testifies to the politically sensitive, essentially contested nature of the concept. But it cannot be denied that sustainable development policies have become institutionalized in the EU and its Member States and, as such, constitute an important new subject of inquiry and debate for all those interested in the fate of the European project.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
An Ambiguous Relationship
19
The Political Process Leading to the Development of the EU Sustainable
53
Its Implementation
79
Thomas Bernheim
93
Missing the Point? The EUs Institutional and Procedural Approach
105
Achievements and Challenges for National Sustainable Development
129
Ingeborg Niestroy
157
Greening
217
Amelia Hadfield
237
Part 3
269
Handling the External
277
Adapting Development Policy Design to the 21st
291
Towards
301
The Legal and Economic Imperatives of Sustainable Development
313
List of Contributors
337

The Role of the Private Sector
181
The Belgian
197

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About the author (2006)

Marc Pallemaerts is a former senior research fellow of the Institute for European Studies and is now a senior fellow of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, an independent research center with offices in London and Brussels. He also teaches international and European environmental law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Dr. Albena Azmanova is lecturer in international relations at the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies, and director of its master's program in international political economy. She has been working as policy analyst for the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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