The power of the Eurosystem to promote environmental protection

Solana, J. (2019) The power of the Eurosystem to promote environmental protection. European Business Law Review, 30(4), pp. 547-575.

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The misalignment of the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme (CSPP), the latest iteration in the development of the Eurosystem’s unconventional measures of monetary policy, with EU environmental global commitments has stirred a lot of political debate in recent months. Critics of the CSPP typically point to Art. 3 TEU and to the binding nature of the Paris Agreement on the ECB as the main sources of legal obligations for the Eurosystem. This essay puts forward an additional argument: the Eurosystem is bound by Art. 11 TFEU, which integrates environmental objectives into the mandate of the Eurosystem and requires it to take those objectives into account when designing and implementing monetary policy. On this basis, the essay provides a critical analysis of the validity of the controversial CSPP and explores the potential implications of Art. 11 TFEU for monetary policy. The essay concludes that, besides a distinctive source of legal obligations, Art. 11 TFEU represents an opportunity for the Eurosystem to contribute to improving our embryonic understanding of the relationship between climate change and financial stability.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Solana, Dr Javier
Authors: Solana, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:European Business Law Review
Publisher:Kluwer Law International
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands
First Published:First published in European Business Law Review 30(4):547-575
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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