Alternative proportionality and subsidiarity review within the European Commission
The Impact Assessment Board’s ‘case law’
What do the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality actually mean for the limits of legislation in the EU context? Anne Meuwese analyzes how internal quality control bodies, such as the Impact Assessment Board, could play a role in developing tests and standards which help operationalize these principles.
On the basis of the case law of the Court of Justice we have only partial knowledge about what the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality actually mean for the limits of legislation in the EU context. As the operationalization of these principles is left up to the institutions, internal quality control bodies, such as the Impact Assessment Board (IAB), established within the European Commission in 2006 to review ‘impact assessments’, could play an important role in developing tests and standards which are part of ‘subsidiarity and proportionality in action’. During her presentation, Prof. Meuwese will offer an analysis of the IAB opinions from 2010 and 2011 as an alternative body of ‘case law’ regarding subsidiarity and proportionality.
Anne Meuwese is Professor of European and Comparative Public Law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands. She graduated in Law from Leiden University as well as from the University of Oxford. She obtained her doctorate from Leiden in 2008 with a thesis on ‘Impact Assessment in EU Lawmaking’. After two years as a researcher at the Department of Politics of the University of Exeter and another two as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Antwerp, Anne moved to Tilburg in March 2010. In 2013 she was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. Anne teaches and carries out research on topics at the intersection of (European) public law and regulation. At the moment, Anne is working on a three-year research project on the use of alternative mechanisms to steer the behavior of public actors, funded by a personal Veni grant from the Dutch research council NWO. She is co-chair of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance.
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