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Concepts and Principles in EU Environmental Policy at a Time of Brexit

Concepts and Principles in EU Environmental Policy at a Time of Brexit With the Brexit process being formally started, it is time to consider the importance that sharing experiences has for the development of concepts and principles in environmental policy.The principles, concepts and ideas that underpin and mould EU environmental policy have not been the subject of any general study as far as I am aware. Nor is their importance much discussed. An obvious exception is the precautionary principle which has caused so much controversy that it has generated a great outpouring of literature that continues to this day.It needs to be recognised that in its more than forty years of existence, EU environmental policy has not only made use of many concepts and principles developed in national policies, but also has developed some of its own. These need to be better known. Policy after all is not made just by scientists, first identifying a problem and then handing it to policy makers to find a solution. The process is mediated through our existing ideas, concepts and principles, and sometimes we have to develop new ones to help us deal with new problems. Disentangling the origins of some of these concepts and principles is not always straightforward, and while writing my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law Brill

Concepts and Principles in EU Environmental Policy at a Time of Brexit

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1613-7272
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1876-0104
DOI
10.1163/18760104-01402002
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Abstract

With the Brexit process being formally started, it is time to consider the importance that sharing experiences has for the development of concepts and principles in environmental policy.The principles, concepts and ideas that underpin and mould EU environmental policy have not been the subject of any general study as far as I am aware. Nor is their importance much discussed. An obvious exception is the precautionary principle which has caused so much controversy that it has generated a great outpouring of literature that continues to this day.It needs to be recognised that in its more than forty years of existence, EU environmental policy has not only made use of many concepts and principles developed in national policies, but also has developed some of its own. These need to be better known. Policy after all is not made just by scientists, first identifying a problem and then handing it to policy makers to find a solution. The process is mediated through our existing ideas, concepts and principles, and sometimes we have to develop new ones to help us deal with new problems. Disentangling the origins of some of these concepts and principles is not always straightforward, and while writing my

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Journal for European Environmental & Planning LawBrill

Published: Jun 29, 2017

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