IN SEARCH OF (LEGAL) SYMMETRY IN THE ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION: ‘OFF THE BEATEN TRACK’

Federico Di Dario, Ph.D. Candidate in International Perspectives in Corporate Governance and Public Administration at University of Teramo, Faculty of Political Science.

1. Old Asymmetries: Is more economic integration the answer?

The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is characterized by an asymmetrical design: on the one side, monetary policy is conducted at a supranational level, while on the other, economic policy is managed by national authorities Continue reading

A COMMENT ON OPINION 2/15 AND INVESTOR STATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. THE PRICE OF PRESERVING THE DIVISION OF POWERS

Giorgia Sangiuolo, Lawyer, PhD Researcher King’s College London

Opinion 2/15 on the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Singapore (EUSFTA) constitutes another significant chapter in the relationship between the EU and its Member States, and is destined to shape the EU’s role on the international plane for years to come. The European Court of Justice was called once again to arbiter on the dynamics of the renegotiation of powers between the EU and its Member States, as it had done in cases surrounding fundamental rights[1] and internal competences.[2]  This time, the ‘battleground’ regarded EU’s external relations. Continue reading

AGRICULTURE AND COMPETITION LAW: A TALE OF UNEASY RELATIONSHIP?

by Nidhi Singh* 

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BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP)

 

Since the Treaty of Rome has come into force, there has been an incessant conflict between the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)[1] and EU competition policies. Some scholars have argued that farming activities should be entirely exempt from competition law given the peculiarities of the agriculture industry. Whereas some hold the view that agriculture sector is not that unique that it should be given the benefit of exemption from the principles of Competition law.[2] This article shall discuss the problems posed by the agricultural sector, which are in conflict with EU competition policies. Continue reading