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The Question of Competence in the European Union

Loïc Azoulai


The classic debate surrounding the prolific role of the European Union in defining spheres of competence and power relationships has long divided scholarly opinion. However, in recent years, the long-standing acquiescence to the broad powers of the Union has given way to the emerging perception of a competence problem in Europe. For a long period it was taken for granted that the European Community could act whenever its action was justified on the basis of the widely interpreted objectives of the Treaties. However, this context has since changed. There is a widespread perception of a competen ... More

Keywords: European Union, competence, power relationships, Lisbon Treaty, European Court of Justice

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loïc Azoulai, editor
Professor of European Law, European University Institute

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