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The Greening of European Business under EU Law
Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously

ISBN 9781138019560
Published November 26, 2014 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The relationship between environmentally sustainable development and company and business law has emerged in recent years as a matter of major concern for many scholars, policy-makers, businesses and nongovernmental organisations. This book offers a conceptual analysis of the principles of sustainable development and environmental integration in the EU legal system. It particularly focuses on Article 11 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which states that EU activities must integrate environmental protection requirements and emphasise the promotion of sustainable development.

The book gives an overview of the role played by the environmental integration principle in EU law, both at the level of European legislation and at the level of Member State practice. Contributors to the volume identify and analyse the main legal issues related to the importance of Article 11 TFEU in various policy areas of EU law affecting European businesses, such as company law, insurance and state aid. In drawing together these strands the book sets out the requirements of environmental integration and examines its impact on the regulation of business in the EU.

The book will be of great use and interest to students and researchers of business law, environment law, and EU law.

Table of Contents

1. The importance of Article 11 TFEU for regulating business in the EU: Securing the very basis of our existence, Anja Wiesbrock and Beate Sjåfjell  Part I  2. The Sky is the Limit: on the drafting of Article 11 TFEU’s integration obligation and its intended reach, Julian Nowag  3. Article 11 TFEU in the Light of the Principle of Sustainable Development in International Law, Christina Voigt  4. The Legal Significance of Article 11 TFEU for EU Institutions and Member States, Beate Sjåfjell  Part II  5. Sustainable State Aid: A full environmental integration into the EU’s state aid rules?, Anja Wiesbrock  6. Corporate Governance for Sustainability. The Necessary Reform of EU Company Law, Beate Sjåfjell  7. Article 11: Integrated Reporting or Non-Financial Reporting?, Charlotte Villiers and Jukka Mähönen  8. Towards an Integrated Product Regulatory Framework Based on Life Cycle Thinking, Eléonore Maitre Ekern  9. Environmental Damage Insurance for Sustainable Business, Johanna Rosenqvist  10. Jigsaw Puzzle of Sustainability, Anja Wiesbrock and Beate Sjåfjell

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Beate Sjåfjell is Professor Dr. Juris at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law. She is the head of the Sustainable Companies project, and head of the Company Law Research Group and the European Law Network at the Faculty of Law in Oslo.

Anja Wiesbrock is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor in EU Law at the University of Maastricht and holds a PhD from the same institution.


"I am therefore pleased to welcome the publication of the collection on "The greening of European business under EU law: taking Article 11 TFEU seriously", which provides an important contribution to the ongoing debate by analysing the potential legal and political implications of the environmental integration principle."

-JANEZ POTOČNIKMember of the European Commission