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DEFINITION AND LIMITS OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY
Sērija: Local and regional authorities in Europe, No. 55

Subsidiarity Delcamp, Balducci

Saturs:

FOREWORD................................................................................................................................... 4
INTRODUCTION:
REASONS FOR PREPARING THE STUDY ............................................................................. 5
I. TOPICALITY AND AMBIGUITY OF THE CONCEPT OF SUBSIDIARITY ........................ 7
1.1 The current situation in Europe ........................................................................................ 7
1.2 The situations to which it is intended to respond ............................................................. 8
1.3 History and philosophical basis ........................................................................................ 9
1.4 Definitions and different acceptations ............................................................................ 10
1.5 Object of the study .......................................................................................................... 12
II. THE DEFINITION OF THE EUROPEAN CHARTER OF LOCAL
SELF-GOVERNMENT AND SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
OF THE PRINCIPLE IN NATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEMS ...................................................... 13
2.1 The definition of the European Charter of Local Self-Government .............................. 13
2.2 The principle of subsidiarity and national legal systems ............................................... 16
III. CONDITIONS FOR INTRODUCING THE PRINCIPLE OF
SUBSIDIARITY IN MEMBER STATES
PRIOR TO ITS PRACTICAL APPLICATION .......................................................................... 22
3.1 Problems arising from the philosophical rather than legal nature
of the principle, and the importance this could have
within the Council of Europe........................................................................................... 22
3.2 The principle of subsidiarity cannot be considered in isolation .................................... 24
a) The principle of subsidiarity and unity of action within the state .............................. 25
b) Subsidiarity and efficiency ......................................................................................... 26
c) The principle of subsidiarity and unity of application ............................................... 27
d) Subsidiarity and solidarity .......................................................................................... 28
3.3 Possible modalities of inclusion ..................................................................................... 29
IV. CONCLUSIONS AND GUIDELINES ....................................................................................... 32
APPENDIX: SOME EXAMPLES OF PRACTICAL APPLICATION
WITHIN MEMBER STATES.........................................................................................35