Principle of subsidiarity

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Definition of Principle of subsidiarity:
The subsidiarity principle is intended to ensure that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made as to whether action at Community level is justified in the light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level. Specifically, it is the principle whereby the European Union does not take action (except in the areas which fall within its exclusive competence) unless it is more effective than action taken at national, regional or local level. It is closely bound up with the principles of proportionality and necessity, which require that any action by the Union should not go beyond what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Treaty.
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The main author of this article is Kreiken, Wouter
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Citation: Kreiken, Wouter (2020): Principle of subsidiarity. Available from [accessed on 22-05-2024]