Paul Scholten Centre Colloquium with Ronan McCrea (UCL). Discussant: Christina Eckes (UvA, ACELG).
This article considers how the legal and political order of the European Union can cope if the ‘Ever Closer Union’ envisaged by the Treaties ceases to be inevitable. In particular, it focuses on what are the likely consequences if previously successful integration mechanisms such as integration through law (including adventurous pro-integration interpretation by the CJEU) and functional integration, can no longer successfully push forward the integration process. It considers whether it is possible for the Union to ‘stand still’, that is, to maintain the current level of integration without either moving forward to more intensive integration or engaging in costly and disruptive disintegration. In order to substantiate this claim, the article looks at three areas, the law of citizenship, the Eurozone and the legislative structures of the Union, showing in each case that the current degree of integration cannot provide a long term basis for policy.
Research colloquium, co-organised by the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance and the Paul Scholten Centre. This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. A copy of the paper can be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronan McCrea is Senior Lecturer in Law at University College London. He is the auhor of Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (OUP 2010).
Christina Eckes is professor of European law at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.