The Treaty on European Union 1993-2013. Reflections from Maastricht

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Publication Date 2013
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The Treaty on European Union, popularly known as the Maastricht Treaty, has had a profound impact on the process of European integration. This book commemorates the entry in force of the Treaty 20 years ago by evaluating the legal impact it has had on the European Union’s institutional framework and its policies. It includes contributions on a wide variety of topics, including Economic and Monetary Union, Union citizenship, fundamental rights, foreign affairs and defence policy, educational policy and environmental policy.

The different contributions revisit the reasons for the changes the Maastricht Treaty has brought about and examine their development over the years, identifying unexpected success stories, unfulfilled expectations, missed opportunities and future challenges.

The contributors are or were associated with the Maastricht Centre for European Law or the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, giving this book a unique ‘Maastricht’ flavour. This book will be of interest to legal scholars and practitioners with a keen interest in EU law and European integration.


The 20th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty: Reflections from Maastricht - Maartje de Visser & Anne Pieter van der Mei

Constitutional Change in the Shadow of the Maastricht Treaty - Elise Muir

A Look through the Lens of the Member States’ Constitutions: Maastricht as the Beginning of a New Era? - Monica Claes

The Elusive Unity of the EU Legal Order after Maastricht - Bruno De Witte

The Role of the European Court of Justice from Maastricht to Lisbon: Putting Together the Scattered Pieces of Patchwork - Maja Brkan

Withdrawal from the European Union: An Option with Unforeseen Consequences - Phedon Nicolaides

Twenty Years After Maastricht and Nineteen Years After Porto: What Has Become of the Objective of Creating a Dynamic and Homogeneous European Economic Area? - Anja Wiesbrock & Katharina Eisele

Subsidiarity: From a General Principle to an Instrument for the Improvement of Democratic Legitimacy in Lisbon - Diane Fromage

Born in Maastricht: The Right of Inquiry of the European Parliament - Christian Syrier

The Increasing Influence of the Ombudsman in the Institutional System of the European Union - Sarah Schoenmaekers

Taking Care of Business? Ensuring Respect for Fundamental Rights in Europe - Maartje de Visser

Festina Lente: CFSP from Maastricht to Lisbon and Beyond - Jan Wouters & Hanne Cuyckens

Between Pillars and Policies: The Quest for Consistency in EU External Relations Law - Andrea Ott

The Third Pillar of the Maastricht Treaty: The Coming Out of Justice and Home Affairs - Jorrit J. Rijpma

Substantive Criminal Law in the European Union - Johannes Keiler & André Klip

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Twenty Years of EU Cooperation in Criminal Matters - Michele Panzavolta

European Private International Law: Quo Vadis? A Methodological Journey from Maastricht to Amsterdam, Lisbon and Further - Stephan Rammeloo

Union Citizenship and Constrained Democracy - Floris De Witte

The Social (Rights) Dimension of EU Citizenship - Nicola Gundt

'Disrupting and Annoying': EU Citizenship and EU Migration Law Destroying Old Habits of National Migration Policy Making - Moritz Jesse

Internal Market, Competition Law and Industrial Policy - Wouter Devroe & Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel

Twenty Years After Maastricht: The Coming of Age of the EMU? - Vestert Borger & Stefaan Van den Bogaert

Economic and Monetary Union: Maastricht’s Great Failure - Mark Dawson

How Little Red Riding Hood coped with the EMU Wolf: The Quest for Adequate Modes to Manage the Social Consequences of European Integration - Saskia Klosse

Social Policy and the Maastricht Treaty: Much Ado about Nothing? - Lisa Waddington

Twenty Years of EU Environmental Legislation after Maastricht: The Increasing Role of the EU as a Global Green Standard-Setter - Marjan Peeters

Access to Courts for Environmental NGOs at the European and National Level: Improvements and Room for Improvement since Maastricht? - Chris Backes & Mariolina Eliantonio

No Bark and Less Bite? What Article 169 TFEU hasn’t done for Consumer Law and Why Not - Gary Low

The Case to Correct Some of Maastricht’s Mistakes: A Critical Assessment of Article 165 TFEU on Education and Suggestions for Reform - Sacha Garben

The State of the European Health Union: The Maastricht Contribution to EU Health Policy - Anne Pieter van der Mei & Ellen Vos

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