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Balázs Horváthy HAS CSS Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest, Hungary
Széchenyi István University, Győr, Hungary

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The current EU—US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) may result in a comprehensive agreement which will be able to shape not only the traditional trade agenda but will cover a set of non-trade matters as well. Specifically, the environmental impacts as a matter of public concern are at the centre of attention of both the academia and the civil society. The proposed paper intends to analyse two aspects of the likely implications which could be triggered by the future transatlantic agreement. First, the policy level of the analysis is focusing on the question of how the contracting parties will integrate the environmental concerns into the agreement and how these concerns could be reconciled with the standard trade concerns and principles. Second, the TTIP could also have a direct impact on the environmental regulation; for this reason, the paper will also focus on the regulatory level. The paper concludes that a carefully planned agreement will not constrain the policy leeway of the EU in the field of the environmental protection, however, the EU negotiators have to pay very close attention to choosing the right models, methods and formulations in the future text of the agreement.

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  • Araya, M., Figueres, J.M., Salazar-Xirinachs, J.M., ‘Trade and Environment in the World Trade Organization. The Need for a Constructive Dialogue’ in Sampson, G.P. (ed), The Role of the WTO in Global Governance (United Nations University Press 2001) 15582.

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  • Horváthy, B. , ‘Környezetvédelmi szempontok integrálása a WTO szabályozásába’ (Integrating environmental concerns into the WTO law) (2013) 54/3–4 Állam- és Jogtudomány 81117.

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  • Horváthy, B. , ‘The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – The Revival of Bilateralism?’ in Gömbös, Cs., Kálmán, J., Keseru B. (eds), Global and Local Issues from the Aspects of Law and Economy (Universitas Gyor 2014) 1532.

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