THE FAILURE OF THE EUROPEAN SOIL FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE

Arendse Marie Gulløv & Jakob Rauche

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt

Abstrakt

In recent years, environmental policies have become increasingly important for the EU, and the environmental field is today defined as one of the main tasks of the EU. In the field of soil protection, however, no coherent legislation exists. In 2006, the EU Commission proposed a Soil Framework Directive to address the degradation of soils. After eight years of debate, the Council of the EU was unable to reach a joint position and, for the first time in history, the Commission decided to withdraw the directive. In this context, the question, whether the EU is a feasible legislator within the regards of soil protection is addressed. A document analysis is conducted to establish and categorise the reason of the failure. The categories are then used to discuss the limitations of the EU as an environmental legislator. The project shows the limited possibilities of the EU to act as an environmental legislator on soil. Main reasons for the inability are the two basic principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, as they interfere with the different understandings of soil protection on an international level.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2016
Antal sider58
VejledereDavid Pinder