May 10, 2019

Still standing: The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the fate of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Tracy Hester

Like a hardy survivor in a long-running disaster movie, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has outlasted the tortuous negotiation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) and, unexpectedly, emerged stronger than before. The USMCA’s environmental provisions, especially when viewed in concert with the new Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA) between the parties, now address long-running criticisms of the CEC’s operational processes and goals. The new language—if approved by Congress—offers the prospect of revitalized environmental cooperation between the three nations under a reenergized CEC.

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