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Europe '92. Decentralizing environmental policy in the single market


  • Horst Siebert


The creation of the EC's internal market by the end of 1992 appears to necessitate a harmonization of environmental policies in the European Community. Against this background, the paper analyzes the options for decentralizing environmental policy in Europe and indicates some limitations of this approach. It is shown that, in the case of stationary sources, a harmonization is not required whereas, in the case of international spillovers and global environmental systems, a decentralization of policies is possible if countries can agree on international diffusion norms or national emission quantities, respectively. A harmonization seems to be unavoidable if product norms have to be applied, e.g. in the case of pollutants in consumption goods. Generally, however, price instruments should be used wherever possible, since they allow for a regional differentiation of environmental qualities without segmenting European markets. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

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  • Horst Siebert, 1991. "Europe '92. Decentralizing environmental policy in the single market," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 1(3), pages 271-287, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:1:y:1991:i:3:p:271-287
    DOI: 10.1007/BF00367921

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    1. Siebert, Horst, 1985. "Spatial aspects of environmental economics," Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics,in: A. V. Kneeseā€  & J. L. Sweeney (ed.), Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 3, pages 125-164 Elsevier.
    2. Mohr, Ernst, 1990. "Environmental taxes and charges and EC fiscal harmonisation: Theory and policy," Kiel Discussion Papers 161, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    1. Caminada, Koen, 1992. "Environmental tax competition among jurisdictions," MPRA Paper 20186, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Haixiao Huang, Walter C. Labys, 2002. "Environment and trade: a review of issues and methods," International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1/2), pages 100-160.

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