Current Challenges for the EU

Climate Change, the Environment in Europe and beyond

With 2022 ranked as one of the warmest years ever recorded, tackling climate change has become an even more pressing matter. This is nothing new for the EU, which launched the European Green Deal back in 2019 to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The EU is also an active player in international climate negotiations and the largest funder of climate measures in developing countries.

On Europe Day this year, we encourage awareness and action to protect our environement. Please enjoy a selection of our favourite books, book chapters and journal articles dealing with topics including European Law, Politics, Ethics, Economics, and Social Values. Open access articles are freely available at any time.

Highlighted Content


Climate-Related Individual Rights Under EU Secondary Law and Limitations to Their Material Scope

from European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2022

Springer 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

EU Energy Policymaking: Actors and Processes

from Dynamics of EU Renewable Energy Policy Integration

Palgrave Macmillan 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

Globalisation and Irregular Migration

from The Criminalisation of Irregular Migration in Europe

Palgrave Macmillan 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

A Green New Deal: Opportunities and Constraints

from Economic Policies for Sustainability and Resilience

Palgrave Macmillan 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

Soil Protection, Food Security and the Nexus Between Climate Governance and Trade in Agriculture

from International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2020/2021

Springer 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

Too Tech to Fail?

from Digitalisation, Sustainability, and the Banking and Capital Markets Union

Palgrave Macmillan 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

A Child-Centred Approach Between the Lines of International and EU Environmental Law

from Children’s Environmental Rights Under International and EU Law

T.M.C. Asser Press 20 px © Springer Nature

National Civil Liability and Transboundary Environmental Damage

from Corporate Liability for Transboundary Environmental Harm

Palgrave Macmillan 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

The Essence of Europe: Understanding Europe Through Its Designers

from The European Union and its Political Leaders

Springer 20 px © Springer Nature 2020

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