EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action
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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.
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Chapter 2: European ‘equalization’ rules and the de facto differentiation in Member States’ revenues as a barrier to EU citizens’ freedoms

Flavio Guella


The chapter analyses the link between factual equalities of people and equalization of financial resources of the different territories and levels of government. The impact of European Union (EU) citizenship is tested in the field of an improved European Union Cohesion Policy, comparing the EU attitude towards territorial redistribution of resources with other federal and regional experiences (in particular the case of Italian fiscal federalism). The Cohesion Policy and the factual differences are contextualized in a non-federal European Union, underlining how solidarity is a necessary idea in the perspective of a more complete concept of EU citizenship

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