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Member State Nationalities and the Internal Market: Illusions and Reality

Dimitry Kochenov

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/9780199695706.003.0013
Member State Nationalities and the Internal Market: Illusions and Reality

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This chapter looks at the profound influence of EU citizenship and the Internal Market on the legal regulation of the areas where EU Member States retain full competence, using Member State nationalities as a case-study. In the context of a constant rise in the importance of the EU, and unavoidable growth in economic interdependence in Europe, the array of fields of law which come to be subjected to the indirect influence of the Internal Market is only likely to grow, presenting the division of competences between the Member States and the Union in a somewhat different light compared with what can be read in the Treaties. In a way, as long as the importance of European integration is growing it becomes much less important whether the Union actually has competence in regulating a certain area, since the national regulation by the Member States will necessarily take the changing reality into account, adapting national law to the Internal Market.

Keywords: EU law; internal market; indirect regulation; EU citizenship; nationality; governance; competence; federalism; Europe

Chapter.  13744 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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