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Euratom at the Crossroads

Anna Södersten

This book addresses the contentious debate surrounding the future of the European Atomic Energy Community Treaty (Euratom), one of the European Union’s founding treaties. Arguing that it has remained at a ‘crossroads’ since its adoption in 1957, Anna Södersten explores the issue of whether the treaty should be kept separate from the EU, or be brought within its framework.
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Chapter 2: The architectural structure

Anna Södersten


Chapter 2 explores and sheds light on the structural relationship between the EU and Euratom. In what sense can we say that the Euratom is a part of the EU? Are they formally separate organisations or parts of the same organisation? The purpose is to map out the institutional differences between the EU and the Euratom and to explore the links between them. The chapter also considers the significance of the Euratom’s separate legal personality and the ‘shall not derogate’ clause, which regulates the relationship between the Euratom Treaty and the EU Treaties. The chapter shows that the Euratom can be seen as a separate entity, yet closely linked to the EU.

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