Still Saving the Earth? The European Parliament's environmental record

Charlotte Burns, Neil Thomas Carter, Graeme Davis, Nicholas Timothy Worsfold

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The European Parliament (EP) has been heralded as a champion of environmental policy within the European Union (EU). However, there have been few up to date analyses of the EP’s treatment of environmental legislation, despite the many recent changes that have taken place within the EU. This article reports upon the findings of a research project that has sought to update understandings of the EP’s environmental behaviour by analysing 7,065 of its amendments adopted to environmental legislation between 1999 and 2009. The principal findings of the project are that the EP appears to have become both less radical and less successful in securing strong green amendments into legislation over time. The Commission emerges as a central explanation for the EP’s success in securing the inclusion of its amendments into legislation, and despite its reputation as a partner seeking to advance the environmental agenda does not appear inclined to support the EP’s attempts to green legislation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-954
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number6
Early online date12 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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