Regulating Opportunity and Innovation in the EU. The Case of Sustainable Materials (Plastics) Management

27 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2015

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper shows that while one may disagree with the exact content of the current state of nanotechnology regulation (including from a precautionary point of view), existing EU law in that area follows the by now well-trodden path of 'incremental regulation', which by its very nature is reactionary. Sustainable materials management, on the other hand, is driven not by reaction to hazard, but rather by rising to opportunities. This, the EU finds much harder to surround with the required regulatory certainty.

Keywords: Materials; Resources; EU; Environment; Circular Economy; Sustainable Materials Management

JEL Classification: K32, K33, O13

Suggested Citation

van Calster, Geert and de Romph, Thomas, Regulating Opportunity and Innovation in the EU. The Case of Sustainable Materials (Plastics) Management (March 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2588562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2588562

Geert Van Calster (Contact Author)

K.U. Leuven ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Bus 3424
B-3000 Leuven, 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.gavc.be

Thomas De Romph

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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