Although the term “solidarity” was used already in the Schumann Declaration of 1950, it did not have more than a vague political meaning. However, today the word “European solidarity” is one of the most frequently used in public discourse and media, especially as a consequence of the many different crises that have affected Europe in the last decade. The concept of (European) solidarity began to acquire a specific meaning little by little, especially through the evolution of the case law of the European Court of Justice in the field of social solidarity and – although with a strong rhetorical meaning – through the proposals and communications of the Commission, especially in the framework of the cohesion policies and as a part of the so-called social agenda. Although the principle of solidarity has been more invoked (by citizens and Member States facing financial or migratory crises) than applied (by the courts and by the European legislator) its role is going to be more and more important in the process of European integration. It may be part of the constitutional principles that underline European integration, or it may even constitute an element of the “European rule of law”.

Rule of Law and Solidarity in the European Union: The Case of Welfare

Gnes M.
2018-01-01

Abstract

Although the term “solidarity” was used already in the Schumann Declaration of 1950, it did not have more than a vague political meaning. However, today the word “European solidarity” is one of the most frequently used in public discourse and media, especially as a consequence of the many different crises that have affected Europe in the last decade. The concept of (European) solidarity began to acquire a specific meaning little by little, especially through the evolution of the case law of the European Court of Justice in the field of social solidarity and – although with a strong rhetorical meaning – through the proposals and communications of the Commission, especially in the framework of the cohesion policies and as a part of the so-called social agenda. Although the principle of solidarity has been more invoked (by citizens and Member States facing financial or migratory crises) than applied (by the courts and by the European legislator) its role is going to be more and more important in the process of European integration. It may be part of the constitutional principles that underline European integration, or it may even constitute an element of the “European rule of law”.
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