The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact

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Environment
Environmental damage arguably represents the most pressing issue of modern times. Global warming, natural catastrophes, or food shortages can endanger prosperity and global peace, challenges further aggravated by the industrial rise of China, India, Brazil, and Russia. The environment presents specific threats that, perhaps more than any other issue, require coordination across borders. Pollution does not respect boundaries, as was aptly demonstrated during 1986, when a reactor in Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union released radioactive pollutants across Europe, during a time when the member states debated the Single European Act. In addition, a common environmental policy is crucial for a market’s effective operation. Environmental regulations can distort trade and have both the appearance and effect of trade barriers. They must therefore be harmonized and coordinated at a level that fits the market. The key issues in this debate are:
1. What are the reasons behind the establishment of the EU’s Environment Policy?
2. What is the scope of the Environment Policy?
3. How did the EU and other international actors respond to the challenge of global warming?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Acronyms xv
  • Tables xix
  • Part One - The Evolution of the European Union 1
  • 1 - Parameters of European Integration 3
  • 2 - Enlarsement 32
  • Part Two - Institutions 47
  • 3 - The European Commission 49
  • 4 - The European Council 56
  • 5 - The Council of Ministers 61
  • 6 - The European Parliament 67
  • 7 - The European Court of Justice 76
  • 8 - Checks and Balances 84
  • Part Three - Policies 91
  • 9 - The Single Market and Competition 93
  • 10 - Regional Rolicy and Cohesion 106
  • 11 - The Common Agricultural Policy 116
  • 12 - Economic and Monetary Union 128
  • 13 - Justice and Home Affairs 141
  • 14 - Common Foreign and Security Policy 151
  • 15 - Trade and the Common Commercial Policy 161
  • 16 - Environment 171
  • 17 - The Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Eurozone 179
  • Outlook- The Future of European Integration 197
  • Notes 205
  • Bibliosraphy 225
  • Index 229
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