Occupied Field

Occupied Field in Europe

Description of Occupied field

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes occupied field in the following terms: [1] The EU doctrine of the ‘occupied field’ asserts the precedence of the Union’s authority over that of national legislatures in a given policy area. The term is particularly used to denote a currently unregulated field of activity in which, by reserving its right to exercise its powers at some future time, the EU effectively frustrates the ability of national governments to legislate, lest their laws be subsequently overruled by Community law. A notorious illustration was the UK’s unwillingness to make coach seat-belts compulsory despite public pressure to do so, since this would fall within single market rules if the Commission chose to initiate regulation.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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