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Ulrich Fastenrath, Rudolf Geiger, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Andreas Paulus, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Christoph Vedder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.001.0001

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Sketching ‘Community Interest’ in EU Law

Sketching ‘Community Interest’ in EU Law

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(p.406) Sketching ‘Community Interest’ in EU Law
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From Bilateralism to Community Interest
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Friedl Weiss

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0027

The concept of ‘common interest’, used interchangeably with that of ‘community interest’ and more recently ‘EU interest’, is used in different contexts and for ostensibly different purposes, including fundamental principles, particular market freedoms or rights, or underpinning exceptions from them. It has been proclaimed in provisions both of EU primary law and secondary law, and applied in adjudication by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and by the Court of First Instance (CFI). This chapter provides some kind of descriptive summary inventory illustrating such instances of practice, constituting some raw material for the possible later development of a theoretical framework of analysis of their common properties and characteristics.

Keywords:   common interest, community interest, European Union, EU interest

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