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The ABC of European Union law
Professor Klaus-Dieter Borchardt

The ABC of European Union law
by Professor Klaus-Dieter Borchardt

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt is a European Union official since 1987. He was Deputy Head of Cabinet and then Head of Cabinet for the Commissioner for Agriculture from 2004 to 2010. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Würzburg, where he has taught European law since 2001.

The ABC of European Union law
by Professor Klaus-Dieter Borchardt

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The ABC of European Union law takes account of the modifications made to the European Treaties by the Treaty of Lisbon. Unless there is a direct citation, or the historical context demands, the articles cited refer exclusively to the consolidated versions of the European Treaties (Official Journal of the European Union C 83 of 30 March 2010). The information given in this edition is correct as at March 2010.

007 009 FOREWORD FROM PARIS TO LISBON, VIA ROME, MAASTRICHT, AMSTERDAM AND NICE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The EU as guarantor of peace Unity and equality as the recurring theme The fundamental freedoms The principle of solidarity Respect of national identity The need for security The fundamental rights THE ‘CONSTITUTION’ OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The legal nature of the EU The tasks of the EU The powers of the EU The institutions of the EU Institutions: European Parliament — European Council — Council — European Commission — Court of Justice of the European Union — European Central Bank — Court of Auditors Advisory bodies: European Economic and Social Committee — Committee of the Regions European Investment Bank THE LEGAL ORDER OF THE EU The EU as a creation of law and a Community based on law The legal sources of Union law The EU founding Treaties as the primary source of Union law — The EU legal instruments as the secondary source of Union law — International agreements of the EU — General principles of law — Legal custom — Agreements between the Member States

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The EU’s means of action Regulations — Directives — Decisions — Recommendations and opinions — Resolutions, declarations and action programmes The legislative process in the EU Ordinary legislative procedure — Approval procedure — Simplified procedure The EU system of legal protection Treaty infringement proceedings — Actions for annulment — Complaints for failure to act — Actions for damages — Actions by Community staff — Disputes over Union patents —...
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