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Elena Ioriatti

The chapter analyses the characteristics of the European Union (EU) legal language with particular attention to economic rights and to some of the difficulties of interpretation and application of these rights in the Member States. This is partly due to the European terminology enforcing these rights, which is composed of neologisms and organized in categories which are unrelated to the legal culture of the Member States. A final reflection deals with the role of the EU terminology relating to economic rights from a global perspective.

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Elena Ioriatti and Domenico di Micco

The aim of the chapter is the analysis of the relation between language and EU rights at the European level. The first section develops into an anthropological reflection on the historical meaning of cultural diversity and on its historical perception, with particular attention to the language aspect. The second section takes this further by proposing some conceptual models of barriers and then reviewing how to organize language hindrances to the exercising of EU citizens’ rights through structuring the field of enquiring around these models. Based on the distinction between the legal and factual language barriers, an overview of some models of obstacles will be offered, according to the results of the research carried out within the bEUcitizen project. In the end, together with a brief survey of the different solutions offered by the scholars who are studying language issues in the academic environment, we will suggest that the process of eroding the language barriers in Europe has consequences that go far beyond matters of identity and culture. Thus, a pragmatic approach is needed, but one that is respectful of the linguistic diversity value.

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Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice

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EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action

Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market

Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice

This book analyses three important economic rights: consumer rights, rights of professionals in gaining access to the services market, and intellectual property rights in the light of the Digital Single Market. For each of these rights, contributors analyse the main pathways towards reducing and removing legal and factual obstacles to successful cross-border economic rights. In addition, the book takes into specific consideration the multifaceted issues related to the economic crisis and to the EU’s multilingualism.