The Role of the EU in Promoting International Standards in the Area of Climate Change
Europa Working Paper No. 2013/1
22 Pages Posted: 20 May 2013 Last revised: 7 Jun 2013
Date Written: May 16, 2013
The aim of this piece is to assess whether and to what extent the European Union can be considered a world leader in stimulating the development of international climate change standards through a variety of international organizations and processes as a way of spurring necessary international cooperation. It will argue that given slow progress towards an effective global response to the climate change challenge through multilateral cooperation, the EU has been trying to develop climate change standards internally or in cooperation with third countries, arguably in order to promote the acceptance of such standards by the competent international organizations, or at least create a critical mass of countries engaging in climate action (minilateralism). The paper will conclude by considering the legitimacy issues arising from this multi-faceted strategy of the EU in promoting international climate change standards.
Keywords: Bilateralism, climate change, EU, external action, minilateralism, multilateralism, REDD, biodiversity, aviation
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