Greening EU Competition Law and Policy

Greening EU Competition Law and Policy

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One of the fundamental challenges currently facing the EU is that of reconciling its economic and environmental policies. Nevertheless, the role of environmental protection in EU competition law and policy has often been overlooked. Recent years have witnessed a shift in environmental regulation from reliance on command and control to an increased use of market-based environmental policy instruments such as environmental taxes, green subsidies, emissions trading and the encouragement of voluntary corporate green initiatives. By bringing the market into environmental policy, such instruments raise a host of issues that competition law must address. This interdisciplinary treatment of the interaction between these key EU policy areas challenges the view that EU competition policy is a special case, insulated from environmental concerns by the overriding efficiency imperative, and puts forward practical proposals for achieving genuine integration.
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  • Electronic book text | 490 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 9781139180900

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Should Environmental Goals Play a Role in EU Competition Policy?: 1. Environmental protection in EU competition theory to date; 2. The rise of the market in EU environmental policy; 3. A legal systematic argument; 4. A governance argument; 5. An economic argument; Part II. The Role of Environmental Protection in EU Competition Policy in Practice: 6. Definition of an undertaking, market definition and effect on inter-state trade; 7. Article 101(1) TFEU; 8. Article 101(3) TFEU; 9. Article 102 TFEU; 10. Merger policy; 11. State action and Articles 101 and 102 TFEU; 12. State aid; Part III. Conclusions.
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Review quote

'... an important contribution ... timely and should not be missed by anyone whether practitioner or academic working in the area of EU antitrust or State aid.' Common Market Law Review
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About Suzanne Kingston

Suzanne Kingston is a practising barrister and a lecturer in law at University College Dublin. She previously worked as a referendaire (legal secretary) at the European Court of Justice and practised competition law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, Brussels.
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