Making EU FTAs ‘Paris Safe’ Three Studies with Concrete Proposals

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Jessica C. Lawrence

University of Essex

Laurens Ankersmit

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Date Written: March 8, 2019

Abstract

Ensuring that future EU trade and investment agreements do not undercut the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC regime will require three changes to the structure of current EU trade and investment agreements. First, these agreements must ensure that the Paris Agreement takes unambiguous precedence when it comes into conflict with future FTAs. Second, the agreements must clarify the rules with respect to carbon footprint measures. And third, the Parties must insert ‘climate vetoes’ into various chapters of future agreements to ensure that trade and investment protections do not impede the EU’s ability to meet its commitments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The three studies contained in this report address these topics, explaining potential areas of conflict between EU trade policy and its climate goals, and providing concrete examples and textual proposals for how the EU might design future FTAs that will be ‘Paris Safe’.

Keywords: EU Free Trade Agreements, Paris, trade and environment, EU trade policy

Suggested Citation

Lawrence, Jessica C. and Ankersmit, Laurens, Making EU FTAs ‘Paris Safe’ Three Studies with Concrete Proposals (March 8, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3407949 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3407949

Jessica C. Lawrence

University of Essex ( email )

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Laurens Ankersmit (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

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