- Starts at: 09:00h
- Fee: * Free
- Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
- Organiser: Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the European Environmental Law (EEL) Network
R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
2517 JN The Hague
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop is the second event of CLEER’s ‘Commercial power Europe: advancing societal and environmental goals through trade relations’project, implemented with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Union.
The Treaty of Lisbon formally introduced a role for the EU in promoting sustainable development outside its own territory. The EU is thus asked to exert influence globally and pursue sustainable development objectives beyond its commercial interests. It is doing so through sustainability criteria for biofuels exported to Europe that should prevent destruction of tropical forests, by new rules on the import of wood into Europe that should stimulate sustainable forestry (FLEGT regulation), and by having both EU and non-EU airlines flying to Europe join in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). A similar ´unilateral´ move is being investigated for the maritime transport sector if negotiations in international fora remain without result, as they did for aviation. Furthermore, the Commission, the EBRD, the EIB a.o. committed themselves to apply EU environmental standards to projects financed outside the EU.