The EU principle of subsidiarity and its critique
Title: The EU principle of subsidiarity and its critique
Author: ESTELLA DE NORIEGA, Antonio
Citation: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002, Oxford studies in European law
The aim of this work is two-fold. First it attempts to construct a more solid critique of the European Union principle of subsidiarity. Second it tries to explain why the European Court of Justice is not fully implementing subsidiarity. Introduced in the EU legal order as a last resort protection mechanism for member states in a minoroty position in the Council of Ministers regarding a particular issue , the principle of subsidiarity is not only misplaced to fulfill that goal, but also its underlying logic has potential side-effects for European integration. Furthermore it is argued that, the 'legislation' of the principle in the Maastricht Treaty, and its reinforcement through the Amsterdam Protocol on subsidiarity cannot overcome the legitimacy dilemmas that the European Court of Justice would have to confront if it opted for the implementation of the principle. This book gives an in-depth analysis of both issues, in the context of a wider analysis that concerns the legitimacy of the political and legal structures of the European Union.
Table of Contents:
-- Growth : Introduction -- Measuring growth: the state of the question -- Formal growth -- Material growth -- Conclusions; -- Legitimacy -- Introduction -- Legitimacy: an elusive concept -- Europe as a legitimacy problem -- The United Kingdom and the community's environmental policy as an example of the impact of the majority principle upon the sovereignty and interests of member states -- Conclusions; -- Subsidiarity in Maastricht -- Introduction -- The foundations of the community principle of subsidiarity -- Binding commitments: the introduction of subsidiarity in the EC treaty by the Maastricht treaty -- Subsidiarity in Maastricht -- Conclusions; -- Subsidiarity in Amsterdam -- Introduction -- Which institutions are obliged to implement subsidiarity? -- How does subsidiarity impinge upon the community's constitutionalism? -- How is subsidiarity defined? -- How is subsidiarity to be implemented?; -- Conclusions: functional and normative limits of subsidiarity subsidiarity before the court -- Introduction -- The ECJ case-law on subsidiarity -- Explaining the court's doctrine on subsidiarity -- Conclusions: when binding commitments fail
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 1997