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 6: From economic crisis to identity crisis: the spoliation of EU and national citizenships

Vassilis Hatzopoulos


European citizenship partly complements and is partly at odds with national citizenship. Both, however, are being seriously undermined by the measures of economic governance that the European Union (EU) has had to adopt in order to face the economic crisis. Based on Marshall’s definition of citizenship, the chapter examines the ways in which the powers conferred upon non-accountable, technocratic, economy-oriented bodies imbibed by austerity policies negatively affect civil, political and social rights. This ‘outside pressure’ coming from the EU level limits core national choices connected to citizenship; but, most importantly, makes the EU and its citizenship look undesirable to European citizens.

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