Legal implications of Early Ratification of the Paris Agreement by the EU

It is likely that the Paris Agreement (PA), which was adopted by the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the end of 2015, will enter into force by the end of this year. It might even happen in time for the climate conference that starts in Marrakech from 7 November. The EU and its Member States (MS) are in the midst of negotiating internally on how they will collectively implement their contributions towards the objectives of the PA. The EU is also considering whether or not to embark on early ratification of the PA, without necessarily waiting for all the Member States to finalise their own ratification procedures.

There are a number of legal – and political – issues and potential consequences of early EU ratification. Within this context, in this paper we assess key legal questions related to the EU’s potential early ratification of the PA.

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Published September 20, 2016
Found in ClimateClimate GovernanceEnergy