Solidarity: a general principle of EU law? Two variations on the solidarity theme

Dagilyte, Egle (2018) Solidarity: a general principle of EU law? Two variations on the solidarity theme. In: Solidarity in EU Law: Legal Principle in the Making. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 61-90. ISBN 978 1 78347 777 7

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783477784.00009

Abstract

The increasing use and the significance attributed to solidarity in EU law clearly indicate the central role given to solidarity in the EU legal order. What are less clear are the legal nature and the implications of solidarity, which are at the heart of this chapter. Thus, while the growing importance of solidarity is visible, there has not been a clear proposition on how solidarity is to be understood in the array of different types of rules and legal sources of EU law. To address this question, this chapter, first considers what is meant by solidarity as a fundamental value of EU law. To that end, it looks into the role solidarity plays in the foundation of the Union, and also to the constitutional provisions where solidarity is placed. This is followed by a debate on the legal implications of solidarity in the EU legal order. After outlining what constitutes a general principle of EU law, the chapter examines whether solidarity constitutes – or can be defined as – a general principle of EU law. On the basis of the analysis provided, this chapter concludes that although solidarity is inherent in the EU legal order and constitutes a foundational value, it cannot (yet) be defined as a general principle of EU law.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Solidarity, EU law, General principles, Constitutional values, European Union
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Egle Dagilyte
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 10:13
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703097

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