How to reconcile economic and social integration in the EU Internal Market?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


This paper, which was part of the "Market" stream of the RENFORCE conference, explicates how the EU's own Charter of Fundamental Rights for the European Union requires a redefinition of the Internal Market: it is no longer a merely liberal project, which ranks activities of companies and activities of natural persons at the same level. Instead, the overarching value of human dignity requires prioritising rights of natural persons. Natural persons may still have the right to conduct a business, as well as rights to free movement under the condition of equal treatment, or a right to effective collective bargaining. Conflicts between those rights are determined by their classification as conditioned or unconditioned by the Charter. Some recent case law of the ECJ, such as the AGET Iraklis ruling, do not follow these principles thoroughly. Reorienting the ECJ would, at the same time, enhance the EU's socio-economic legitimacy
Period23 Nov 2018
Event titleRegulation and Enforcement in the EU: Challenges, Trends and Prospects
Event typeConference
LocationUtrecht, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational