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EU Economic Law in a Time of Crisis

Edited by Harri Kalimo, Professor and Max S. Jansson, Researcher, Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
How has the EU’s economic crisis affected the development of economic law in the Union? This book contributes to the debate by examining EU economic law from a contextual and policy-oriented perspective.

The expert authors explore areas such as the EMU and the internal market, and emphasize the important fields of public procurement, taxation, and intellectual property rights. The investigation proceeds along themes such as harmonization, institutional interplay, non-economic values, and international actions. The authors conclude that, during the crisis, the attention of the Barroso Commission focused quite narrowly on the most urgent problems, failing to consider longer-term issues to spark off bold policy endeavours, and break inter-institutional blockages.
Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 581 2
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How has the EU’s economic crisis affected the development of economic law in the Union? This book contributes to the debate by examining EU economic law from a contextual and policy-oriented perspective.

The expert authors explore areas such as the EMU and the internal market, and emphasize the important fields of public procurement, taxation, and intellectual property rights. The investigation proceeds along themes such as harmonization, institutional interplay, non-economic values, and international actions. The authors conclude that, during the crisis, the attention of the Barroso Commission focused quite narrowly on the most urgent problems, failing to consider longer-term issues to spark off bold policy endeavours, and break inter-institutional blockages.

This book is targeted at scholars, policy-makers and other practitioners, as well as students, interested in EU economic law, integration, and the economic crisis.
‘This book will be of interest to all those concerned with the EU, whether from the perspective of political science, law or economics. Under the shadow of the financial crisis, studies with a broad research perspective and contributors from diverse backgrounds are important.’
– Paul Craig, St John’s College, Oxford

‘The European Union is re-emerging from the most serious economic crisis in its history. The agenda of the European Commission was highly influenced by the decisions to handle the debt, euro, banking and financial crises. The Union and its single currency have become much stronger. Economic law and governance in the Union are now rather different. By reading this book you will see where and how.’
– Siim Kallas, Former Vice President of the European Commission 2004–2014

‘Overall, the book offers additional insights to the existing bulk of literature on the crisis. Particular benefits accrue to the reader from the analysis dealing descriptively with the legislative progress made on specific areas of economic law, which typically receive less attention in the EMU literature, but which (like procurement and IP rights) deserve attention given their economic significance. The book adds another layer to the analytical approaches addressing the euro crisis.’
– Common Market Law Review
Contributors: J. Faull, C. Geiger, F. Hoffmeister, M.S. Jansson, H. Kalimo, T. Lahti, I. Lejeune, M. Meulenbelt, K. Olkkonen, J. Salminen, A. Strub, J. Strupczewski, J. Vaario
Contents:

Foreword
Paul Craig

1. Assessing Economic Law under Crisis: A Framework of Analysis
H. Kalimo and M.S. Jansson

PART I SETTING THE SCENE: THE EMU AND THE INTERNAL MARKET
2. How the Sovereign Debt Crisis Changed the Euro Zone
J. Strupczewski

3. A Short History of the Deepening EMU
T. Lahti

4. Some Thoughts on the Internal Market in a Time of Crisis
J. Faull

5. The EMU and the Internal Market During the Economic Crisis: Building Bridges over Troubled Waters?
J. Salminen

PART II PUBLIC PROCUREMENT, TAXATION AND IPRs
6. Protectionism on the Rise? Modernization of EU Public Procurement Rules During the Economic Crisis
M. Meulenbelt

7. The EU Public Procurement Regime on Third-country Bidders: Setting the Cursor Between Openness and Reciprocity
F. Hoffmeister

8. EU Tax Policy during the Economic and Financial Crisis
A. Strub

9. Can a Best-practice VAT Generate More Revenues Whilst Fighting the VAT-GAP by 2020?
I. Lejeune

10. Moving out of the Economic Crisis: What Role and Shape for Intellectual Property Rights in the European Union?
C. Geiger

11. EU Intellectual Property Rights Law: Driving Innovation or Stifling the Digital Single Market ?
H. Kalimo, K. Olkkonen and J. Vaario

PART III CONCLUSIONS
12. A Wasted Crisis?
H. Kalimo and M.S. Jansson

Index