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New Directions in the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy

New Directions in the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy

Edited by Sara Drake and Melanie Smith

The EU is faced with the perpetual challenge of guaranteeing effective enforcement of its law and policies. This book brings together leading EU legal and regulatory scholars and political scientists to explore the wealth of new legal and regulatory practices, strategies and actors that are emerging to complement the classic avenues of central and decentralized enforcement.

Chapter 5: The SOLVIT network and the effective enforcement of EU law: what is new?

Micaela Lottini

Subjects: law - academic, constitutional and administrative law, european law, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy


This chapter explores the SOLVIT network and the role it plays in relation to the European integration process by fostering the enforcement of EU law at several different levels: at an individual level by providing citizens and businesses with an effective and adequate alternative to legal action when EU rules are misapplied by national authorities; at an administrative level by promoting a better application of EU law by the same national authorities, and at a regulatory level, by promoting amendments to the national regulatory framework in accordance with EU law. Despite SOLVIT’s success, problems remain. To this end, the chapter considers the solutions put forward by the Commission in a 2013 Recommendation to remedy some of the shortcomings that have been identified.

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