France and Germany want border adjustment mechanisms to protect the EU's competitiveness if CO2 cuts are not agreed. But Sweden and the environment commissioner have branded the idea as ‘eco-imperialism’. Two experts discuss
No - Reinhard Quick - Chair trade & environment working group, BusinessEurope
The principal justification for border measures is the risk of carbon leakage. If domestic measures to protect the climate impose too heavy a burden on industry, this could be tempted to migrate to countries with less strict climate policies.
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