Between Compliance and Particularism

Member State Interests and European Union Law
  • Marton VarjuEmail author
  • Veronika Czina


The European Union was brought to life by its Member States with a view to meeting certain local needs and responding to particular national interests. The process of integration as well as the fate of individual polices have continued to be directly influenced by the interests brought by the Member States to the European arena and negotiated among them. From this perspective, European integration serves as a vehicle for the promotion of the particular interests of individual Member States. However, membership in the EU has proved to be different from the participation States in other international organisations. The Member States are bound under constitutional principles to act loyal to the objectives of integration and cooperate sincerely with the Union institutions and the other Member States. They have imposed on themselves general and detailed binding legal obligations and established a multi-layered system for the effective enforcement of those obligations. Thus, the achievement of the common objectives pursued in the Union, and with that the realisation of the corresponding national interests of the Member States, depends on Member State conduct being brought under frameworks of compliance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social SciencesBudapestHungary

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