Subsidiarity Explanation In Respect Of The EU

‘.. decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the citizens of the Union in accordance with Article 5 (ex Article 3b) of the EC Treaty ..’

'.. The main condition for embarking on Community action is set out in the second paragraph of Article 5 of the EC Treaty, which states that the Community shall take action:

"only if and in so far as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action, be better achieved by the Community".

The Protocol cites three criteria for judging whether this condition has been fulfilled:

  • does the action have transnational aspects that cannot be satisfactorily regulated by the Member States?
  • would action by Member States or lack of action conflict with the requirements of the Treaty?
  • would action at Community level produce clear benefits?

Therefore the principle of subsidiarity was introduced to regulate the exercise of powers by the European Union - Eurofound Subsidiarity Explanation

The reality of the situation is that in a number of instances the EU has completely ignored the principle of Subsidiarity in attempts to vest in itself greater powers than it actually has; by forcing through policies that are dictated at Union level rather than ratified at membership level

This is bullying by those ivory towers and in no way adheres to the principles of Subsidiarity - but then we have always know that the EU has one set of rules for themselves and another for member states

Tags: | Categories: European Union

Pingbacks and trackbacks (1)+

Comments are closed