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The Treaty of Lisbon and the Future of European Law and Policy

The Treaty of Lisbon and the Future of European Law and Policy

Edited by Martin Trybus and Luca Rubini

This comprehensive and insightful book discusses in detail the many innovations and shortcomings of the historic Lisbon version of the Treaty on European Union and what is now called the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Chapter 4: The Pressures Inflicted by the Financial Crisis on the Euro Area: De Facto Creating an EU ‘Economic Government’ Despite the Status Quo Maintained in the Lisbon Treaty?

Laura Puccio

Subjects: law - academic, european law


JOBNAME: Trybus and Rubini PAGE: 1 SESS: 6 OUTPUT: Tue Apr 24 15:08:21 2012 4. The pressures inflicted by the financial crisis on the euro area: de facto creating an EU ‘economic government’ despite the status quo maintained in the Lisbon Treaty? Laura Puccio 1. INTRODUCTION The European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is representative of a multi-speed policy1 and asymmetric degrees of integration. Member States, having adopted the Euro, are indeed part of a monetary union; however, they have left competences for other economic policies at the national level, introducing only some coordination at the European level in order to ensure the effectiveness of the unified monetary policy. This division of competences has been codified within the new Lisbon Treaty, keeping the EMU’s original balance between soft law instruments and hard-core fiscal rules and the same division of power between Commission and Council. The financial crisis, the general rise of public debt, the increasingly diverging competitiveness ratios in the euro area, and the following sovereign debt crisis in Greece with its spillover effects – first on Ireland, Portugal, and later Spain and Italy – revealed the fallacies and incompleteness of European economic governance. The inevitable violation of the no-bail-out clauses to save the Euro from collapsing questioned both the ability of Euro countries in coping with asymmetric crises through their 1 Different obligations and statuses of Member States within the EMU: countries participating in the Euro, countries with derogations (like the UK or Denmark), Sweden, and...

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