Sketching ‘Community Interest’ in EU Law

Friedl Weiss

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI:
Sketching ‘Community Interest’ in EU Law

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The concept of ‘common interest’, used interchangeably with that of ‘community interest’ and more recently ‘EU interest’, is used in different contexts and for ostensibly different purposes, including fundamental principles, particular market freedoms or rights, or underpinning exceptions from them. It has been proclaimed in provisions both of EU primary law and secondary law, and applied in adjudication by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and by the Court of First Instance (CFI). This chapter provides some kind of descriptive summary inventory illustrating such instances of practice, constituting some raw material for the possible later development of a theoretical framework of analysis of their common properties and characteristics.

Keywords: common interest; community interest; European Union; EU interest

Chapter.  4641 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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