Environmental implications of Eastern enlargement: the end of progressive EU environmental policy?

Jehlicka, Petr and Tickle, Andrew (2004). Environmental implications of Eastern enlargement: the end of progressive EU environmental policy? Environmental Politics, 13(1) pp. 77–95.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644010410001685146

Abstract

This contribution addresses questions regarding the future of European environmental policy after the EU has been enlarged to include a number of Central and Eastern European countries. The existing literature, based mainly on EU-related 'top-down' variables such as status of harmonisation, availability of pre-accession funds, and future Council voting dynamics, predicts a largely negative impact of enlargement for progressive environmental policy. However, based on extensive survey data from within the candidate countries, this contribution asserts that this prediction should be qualified. It was also found that current theories in respect of national integration deal poorly with such 'bottom-up' perspectives.

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