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This study introduces and discusses the principle of environmental integration and its relation to law-making in the energy sector within the EU. Over the decades, the EU has been facing a growing number of challenges related to the energy sector. The ever-changing global energy market and emerging issues of the environment and climate change created new tests for European energy policy. Ever since the EU introduced the “triad” of energy policy objectives, the relationship between environmental protection and the energy sector has been widely discussed. The need to insert environmental issues into all activities and policies of the EU found its way over time into the EU´s primary law as one of the principles of general application. Nevertheless, the principle is not clearly defined in EU law and its meaning raises interpretational doubts. In this thesis the author addresses the issues of the role and scope of the environmental integration principle, reveals the complex relationship between the Treaty bases in the areas of environment and energy, and raises issues surrounding the competence of the European Union in these areas and its impact on energy law-making. Finally, this thesis concentrates on the integration of environmental concerns into the, regarded as inherently environmentally-friendly, sector of renewable energy. The promotion of renewable energy sources has become a strategic option within the EU to improve energy security and to mitigate environmental damage. The study focuses on official EU documents, and the core of the method used is to apply the problem of environmental integration in the field of renewable energy to existing documents and literature. The analysis builds a rather positive picture of the integration of environmental protection requirements into European renewable energy policy and law. It shows that the EU has objectives and instruments in place to deal with the development of the renewable energy sector while integrating environmental issues. Success will depend, however, on the proper and timely implementation of this set of instruments.
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