The Principle of Subsidiarity: Judicial Review or


The principle of subsidiarity means that the Community shall only act "if and insofar as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States".

The principle was introduced by the Treaty of Maastricht which entered into force in November 1993. A protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality was attached to the Treaty of Amsterdam which entered into force in May 1999. In this report the principle of subsidiarity is analysed from both a legal and political perspective.

The report was presented at the seminar The European Convention and Distribution of Competences and is a part of the research project Strategy 2004.

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