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European 'Green Diplomacy' in Action: Are the EU Institutions Overcoming the Conventional Legislative Toolkit?

Corrado Finardi

The European Commission has recently unveiled its ambition to use "Green Diplomacy" and "Green Alliances" to better achieve environmental and sustainability goals- as per the Farm to Fork Strategy and the overarching Green Deal intentions. References to such concepts in the strategic documents are broad in scope and rather non-descriptive. However, over the last year, the EU executive showcased possible routes and practical ways to implement them. What stands clear is that a) the Commission is trying to surpass its administrative role (the EC as "bureaucrat"), heralding a fresher message of truly political commitment and ownership, b) under an expanded legislative toolkit, c) having an impact not just on the EU territories, but also on Third countries. While it is still early to measure the impact of such instruments, the cross-cutting initiatives on board are overcoming the current legislative apparatus, reflecting a creative and flexible approach and harnessing the economic weight of the EU as able to impose better standards. Further research is also needed to determine the compliance with international obligations under the WTO-SPS Committee, while respecting third countries own legislation.

Corrado Finardi covers regulatory affairs for COCERAL. COCERAL is the European association representing the trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply. Opinions expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.


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