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EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action

Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market Edited by Sybe de Vries, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice, University of Trento, Italy
This book analyses three important economic rights: consumer rights, rights of professionals in gaining access to the services market, and intellectual property rights in the light of the Digital Single Market. For each of these rights, contributors analyse the main pathways towards reducing and removing legal and factual obstacles to successful cross-border economic rights. In addition, the book takes into specific consideration the multifaceted issues related to the economic crisis and to the EU’s multilingualism.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 345 8
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  • Law - Academic
  • European Law
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
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Ever since its inception, one of the essential tasks of the EU has been to establish the internal market. Despite the impressive body of case law and legislation regarding the internal market, legal and factual barriers still exist for citizens seeking to exercise their full rights under EU law. This book analyses these barriers and proposes ways in which they may be overcome.

In addition to analysing the key barriers to exercising economic rights more generally, this book focuses on three areas which represent the applications of the four basic freedoms (movement of goods, persons, services and capital): consumer rights, the rights of professionals in gaining access to the market and intellectual property rights in the Digital Single Market. With chapters from leading researchers, the main pathways towards the reduction and removal of these barriers are considered. Taking into account important factors, including the global financial crisis, and practical barriers, such as multilingualism, the solutions provided in this book present a pathway to enhancing cross-border realization of European citizens’ access to their economic rights, while increasing in the cultural richness of the EU.

EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action is an important book, which will be an essential resource for students of EU citizenship and economics as well as for EU policy-makers and practitioners interested in the field.
Contributors: S. Adamo, M. Argüelles Vélez, C. Benavides González, T. Binder, S. de Vries, S. Gómez Ansón, M. González Pascual, P. Guarda, F. Guella, V. Hatzopoulos, E. Ioriatti, C. Lageot, I. Martínez García, E. Pulice, R.I. Rodríguez Magdaleno, M.T.S. Santos, A-M. Van den Bossche
Content:

Foreword by Catherine Barnard

Series Preface

PART I EU CITIZENS’ ECONOMIC RIGHTS AND BARRIERS TO THEIR EXERCISE: A CRITICAL OVERVIEW
1. General reflections on current threats and challenges to, and opportunities for, the exercise of economic rights by EU citizens
Sybe de Vries

2. European ‘equalization’ rules and the de facto differentiation in Member States’ revenues as a barrier to EU citizens’ freedoms
Flavio Guella

PART II THE LEGAL-FACTUAL DICHOTOMY OF BARRIERS TO ECONOMIC FREEDOMS BASED ON THREE CROSS-NATIONAL CASE STUDIES
3. Union citizens and the recognition of professional qualifications: where do we go from here?
Silvia Adamo and Tom Binder

4. Enhancing the protection of digital consumer rights in the European Union: the EU Commission’s response to geoblocking and geofiltering
Anne-Marie Van den Bossche and María Teresa Solís Santos

5. Intellectual property rights and barriers to EU citizens: copyright in the light of the Digital Single Market
Paolo Guarda

PART III HINDRANCES RESULTING FROM THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE EURO ZONE
6. From economic crisis to identity crisis: the spoliation of EU and national citizenships
Vassilis Hatzopoulos

7. The charter in times of crisis: the empowerment of economic rights
Maribel González Pascual

8. Financial crisis and consumers: breaking down barriers to build up new ones?
Raúl Ignacio Rodríguez Magdaleno, Irma Martínez García and Silvia Gómez Ansón

PART IV HINDRANCES RESULTING FROM PLURILINGUALISM

9. EU legal language and economic rights interpretation in the Member States
Elena Ioriatti

10. Economic Implications of Linguistic Pluralism within the European Union
Margarita Argüelles Vélez and Carmen Benavides González

11. What comes first, language or work? Linguistic barriers for accessing the labour market
Silvia Adamo

12. The French language system: between protection and obstacles
Céline Lageot

13. EU multilingualism and rivalries of rights: from barriers to plurilingualism
Elisabetta Pulice

Index