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The substantive law of the European Union often appears complex to the outside observer. Its complexity is mainly due to the technical nature and density of the areas governed and the nature of the integration process, which is becoming ever more intense.
In addition, several procedural reforms have been sensitively implemented, as evidenced by competition law. However, the Union’s substantive law remains subject to precise and identifiable principles and mechanisms, which the author endeavours to explain and highlight. The book is structured around two main themes, each of which lends itself to an exhaustive and meticulous examination: the area of freedoms (Part I), through the four freedoms of movement, which are fundamental pillars of the internal market, and the area of competition (Part II), whose rules are applicable to private or public undertakings as well as to national authorities. In this book, the author endeavours to highlight the most recent legislative and case-law developments in the field, particularly with regard to the freedom of movement, especially of goods and persons, the harmonisation of national laws, and customs integration, mainly thanks to the new Customs Code that entered into force on 1 May 2016, the Schengen Code of 9 March 2016 recently amended by a regulation of 15 March 2017, the recent revisions of the GBER, the additions of the State aid procedure regulation of 13 July 2015, and the recent regulation on the European Union trademark adopted on 14 June 2017.
This 4th edition, which has been substantially enriched, includes new chapters, such as the one on European public procurement law (public contracts and concessions).
The book is aimed at Bachelor and Master students, candidates for the various entrance exams or competitive examinations, practitioners, as well as those who wish to understand and master a constantly evolving law.