The Division of Competences between the EU and the Member States. Reflections on the Past, the Present and the Future


On 20 and 21 April 2016, a high-level conference took place at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, with the participation of distinguished scholars and practitioners, debating the above issues. The result was a stimulating debate, taking into account both practical and theoretical insights and reflecting both critically and constructively on the problems faced and the possible solutions. The proceedings of the conference are now printed in a high-level book publication.

The issue of competence division is of fundamental importance as it reflects the 'power bargain' struck between the Member States and their Union, determining the limits of the authority of the EU as well as the limits of the authority of the Member States. It defines the nature of the EU as a polity, as well as the identity of the Member States. After over six years since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, it is high time to take stock of whether the reforms that were adopted to make the Union's system of division of competences between the EU Member States clearer, more coherent, and better at containing European integration, have been successful. This book asks whether 'the competence problem' has finally been solved. 

Given the fundamental importance of this question, this publication will be of interest to a wide audience, from constitutional and substantive EU law scholars to practitioners in the EU institutions and EU legal practice more generally.


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Edited by Sacha GARBEN and Inge GOVAERE, London, Hart Publishing, 2017