Less than a State, More than an International Organization: The Sui Generis Nature of the European Union

  title={Less than a State, More than an International Organization: The Sui Generis Nature of the European Union},
  author={Marek Hlav{\'a}{\vc}},
  journal={European Public Law: EU eJournal},
  • M. Hlaváč
  • Published 2 December 2010
  • Economics, Political Science
  • European Public Law: EU eJournal
In this paper, I show that the European Union (EU) is less than a state, but more than an international organization. Although it possesses some characteristics of both, the European Union is, I argue, a sui generis project: Although the EU wields extensive influence in some policy areas (such as competition policy or international trade regulation), its institutions’ powers are quite limited in many areas that remain firmly within the grasp of its Member States’ governments (such as security… 
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