The Concept of Legislation in European Community Law

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A notable trend in recent scholarship on the nature of the European Union and its democratic legitimacy focuses on the concept of ‘legislation’ and its employment within the European Community’s legal system. The book exposes and elucidates the underlying uncertainty as to the meaning of the term, and even its legitimate use, within the Community’s legal order. The book aims to arrive at a clear evaluation of the extent to which the concept of legislation can be applied in the EC through a comparative analysis of the British, French, and German constitutional systems, and proceeds to reveal and highlight aspects of the concept of legislation derived from this analysis appearing in areas of EC law. A number of crucially significant insights emerge, among them the following: - the distinction between ‘legislation in form’ and ‘legislation in substance’; - defining the addressee of Community acts; - judicial determination of the general application of an act; - the relevance of the EU’s system of functional (rather than personal) representation; and - the co-decision and assent procedures of the EU institutions as ‘legislation in form’.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlphen aan den Rijn
PublisherKluwer Law International
ISBN (Print)9041124721
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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