Monday, January 10, 2011

Video Interview With Dr. Caroline Jackson, Chair of the European Parliament Environment Committee From 1999-2004

In December I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Caroline Jackson, a member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom from 1984-2009 and chair of the Parliament's Environment Committee from 1999-2004.

Some environmental policy experts have suggested that Dr. Jackson was perhaps the most powerful environment-related legislator in the world during her time as chair. Dr. Jackson was particularly interested in European Union waste legislation as well as the "gap" between legislative enactment and on-the-ground implementation and enforcement of EU legislation.

A member of the U.K. Conservative Party, Dr. Jackson has continued her involvement in environmental issues as a member of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) board of directors.

In the interview, Dr. Jackson discusses the evolution of the European Union, its environmental policy making process and priorities, and current challenges faced by the EU.

Those interested in the European Union will find the interview quite interesting. Moreover, anyone interested in environmental issues -- and the leadership role the EU has taken on issues such as climate change -- should without question watch the interview.

The video can be accessed by clicking here.

Don C. Smith
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

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