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Maximum versus Minimum Harmonization: Choosing between Unity and Diversity in the Search for the Soul of the Internal Market

Stephen Weatherill

in From Single Market to Economic Union

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695706
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695706.003.0010
Maximum versus Minimum Harmonization: Choosing between Unity and Diversity in the Search for the Soul of the Internal Market

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This chapter takes a look at the debate surrounding the proper model of harmonization to select with regards to the consumer law field. It first studies consumer protection in the EU's legislation, and then considers the importance of harmonization within the consumer field. The next section addresses the issue of constitutional insincerity related to the story of ‘spillover’ in the EU. It also discusses maximum and minimum harmonization, the Committee's response to minimum harmonization, and the proposed Directive for consumer rights.

Keywords: harmonization; consumer law field; consumer protection; constitutional insincerity; spillover; consumer rights; proposed Directive; minimum harmonization

Chapter.  13198 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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