The EU’s Role in International Climate Change Policy-Making: A Global Leader in Decline?

  • Lisanne GroenEmail author
  • Arne Niemann
  • Sebastian Oberthür
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


This chapter assesses the European Union’s (EU) role in international climate change policy-making by comparing the EU’s degree of goal attainment at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancún in 2010. By making use of three analytical factors (coherence, the opportunity structure and politicisation) we assess the outcomes of both negotiations for the EU. The Durban negotiations of 2011 are touched upon in the conclusions.


European Union Kyoto Protocol European Union Member State Opportunity Structure Climate Finance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisanne Groen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arne Niemann
    • 2
  • Sebastian Oberthür
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for European StudiesVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Institut für PolitikwissenschaftJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.Institute for European StudiesVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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