Introductory remarks to the "Emerging Environmental Regulatory Policy" panel
This paper describes the EC's environmental policy and the consequences of the 1992 Single Market on the environment in Europe. Two types of environmental consequences are discussed - static and dynamic effects. The static effects derive from the removal of border checks and from fiscal harmonisation (limited use of fiscal measures in support of environmental objectives). The dynamic effects derive from the linkage between economic growth and environmental degradation, and the possibility of using cleaner processes and making more efficient use of resources. Calculations have shown that the traditional view, that there is a trade-off between environmental and economic objectives, is not necessarily true. The Single Market provides an opportunity for the EC to change the emphasis of its policies from regulation and control to a perspective which views a high quality environment as a key contributor to the EC's position in world trade.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Winning in the '90's - Corporate Strategies for Environmental Management, Los Angeles (US), Sept. 30 - Oct 2, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36486 ORA
Record Number: 199210073 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en