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European Union Foreign Policy and the Global Climate Regime


Simon Schunz

Ever since the first international negotiations on climate change in the early 1990s, the European Union has aspired to play a leading role in global climate politics.
This book engages in a longitudinal analysis of the EU’s participation in and impact on the United Nations climate regime.
It provides not only comprehensive insights into the evolution of EU foreign climate policy, but also a thought-provoking audit of the potential and limits of the EU’s influence in a major domain of global affairs.
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Foreword and Acknowledgements

← 14 | 15 →Foreword and Acknowledgements

This book is the fruit of a long-term research project on a fascinating topic: climate change and the role of the EU in the global attempts to combat it. It comprises the significantly revised version of my doctoral dissertation, defended in October 2010 at the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Neither this book nor the thesis would have seen the light of day without the intellectual input of my supervisors, Prof. Hans Bruyninckx (KULeuven, European Environment Agency) and Prof. Stephan Keukeleire (KULeuven, College of Europe), to whom I feel deeply indebted. I am equally thankful to Prof. Bart Kerremans, Prof. Jan Wouters (KULeuven, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies) and the external assessors, Prof. Philipp Pattberg (Free University of Amsterdam) and Prof. John Vogler (Keele University), for serving on the doctoral jury that assessed the thesis. The study would not have been written without the financial support provided through the interdisciplinary KULeuven Impuls project “The European Union and multilateral governance” (2006–2010). I would also like to express my gratitude to the editors of the College of Europe Studies series, particularly Prof. Sieglinde Gstöhl, as well as to the team at Peter Lang’s Brussels office.

Many of my colleagues affiliated with the Institute for International and European Policy and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies made valuable contributions to this research project over the years. I am particularly grateful to Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal, Sue Basu, David Belis, Dr. Sofie Bouteligier, Dr. Tim Corthaut, Prof. Tom Delreux, Dr. Sijbren de Jong, Dr. Ana Maria Dobre, Prof. Edith Drieskens, Dr. Sander Happaerts, Björn Koopmans, Dr. Montserrat Gonzalez-Garibay, Dr. Kolja Raube, Dr. Karoline Van den Brande and Dr. Louise van Schaik. Special mention goes to Jed Odermatt, who provided support to improve the linguistic quality of this study.

The research project also benefitted greatly from numerous exchanges with policy-makers and observers of the intra-EU and global climate negotiations. I am indebted to my interview partners and many other professionals involved in processes of global and European climate politics, who generously shared their thoughts with me.

Last but not least, I would like to warmly thank my family and friends for their support throughout the process of researching for and writing up this study. Above all, I feel enormously indebted to Hélène.← 15 | 16 →