Skip to main content

The Evolution of EU Environmental Governance


The Evolution of EU Environmental Governance


Homeyer, Ingmar von 2009: "The evolution of EU environmental governance", in: Joanne Scott (ed.): Environmental Protection. European Law and Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1-26.

In this book chapter Ecologic Senior Fellow Ingmar von Homeyer provides an analytical overview of EU environmental governance from the early 1970s up to the present. He argues that EU environmental governance can be described as an amalgam of four to five environmental governance regimes which have successively been layered on top of each other over the past 35 years.

The evolution of EU environmental governance started with the "environmental regime" which was later followed by the "Internal Market regime", the "integration regime", the "sustainable development regime", and the emerging "climate regime". These governance regimes can be distinguished in terms of their prevailing overall political priorities, legal foundations, decision-making methods, types of legitimating justification, underlying political dynamics, types of environmental objectives, and instruments. Despite certain modifications, each of the regimes can still be discerned in today's system of EU environmental governance. 

The chapter is part of a book edited by Prof Joanne Scott (University College London) and based on the proceedings of the summer school of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute, Florence. The book is published by Oxford University Press.

The publication can be ordered for the price of $110.00 from Oxford University Press.


Published in
Book: Environmental Protection. European Law and Governance
Published by
26 pp.
EU environmental governance, EU environmental policy, sustainable development, mainstreaming, environmental policy integration
European Union