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The Expansion of EU Climate Policy and its Future under the Lisbon Treaty

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Supporters of the European Union (EU) Lisbon Reform Treaty argue that it will introduce institutional changes that will enhance the capacity of the EU to confront significant policy challenges, most notably those relating to climate change. Despite wide-spread public and academic debate on the contents of the Treaty, surprisingly limited in-depth analysis has been conducted on the implications of "Lisbon" for future climate change policy. Consequently, this article aims to understand its potential impacts in terms of the expansion of policy tasks at the EU level. It argues that while some amendments have the potential to significantly affect current policy dynamics, others simply institutionalize existing practice. As a consequence, the overall impact of the new Treaty is rather mixed. In short, there is something to satisfy both Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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