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Citizenship and Solidarity in the European Union

From the Charter of Fundamental Rights to the Crisis, the State of the Art

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Edited By Alessandra Silveira, Mariana Canotilho and Pedro Madeira Froufe

This book attempts to address an important question: where is the European project going?
As Europe struggles with the most profound economic and social crises in recent history, what happens to the promises of freedom, democracy, equality and respect for the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person proclaimed in the Preamble of the Treaty on European Union? How does the European Union intend to demonstrate its commitment to fundamental social rights at a time of widespread deregulation and an increasingly precarious labour market? How can we further enhance the democratic and efficient functioning of European institutions when there is a growing distance between citizens and political elites?
This publication is based on papers given at the international conference «Citizenship and Solidarity in the European Union – from the Charter of Fundamental Rights to the Crisis: The State of the Art», which took place in the School of Law at the University of Minho, Portugal, in May 2012. The line-up of contributors includes scholars from southern and northern Europe and Brazil, and together the papers constitute a lively and productive debate about the future of Europe.
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Alessandra Silveira is Professor of European Law at the University of Minho, Portugal, where she also directs the Centre of Studies in EU Law (CEDU) and the Master’s degree in EU Law. She holds a Jean Monnet Chair linked to the project “Citizenship of rights: European citizenship as the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States”.

Mariana Canotilho has been Legal Adviser to the President of the Portuguese Constitutional Court since January 2013, and Assistant Professor of Public Law at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, since 2003. She is a member of CEDU (the Centre of Studies in EU Law) at the University of Minho, Portugal. She also collaborates with the Peter Häberle Research Centre on Constitutional Law at the University of Granada, Spain.

Pedro Madeira Froufe is Professor of European Law at the University of Minho, Portugal, where he is also a member of the Centre of Studies in EU Law (CEDU). He is the Coordinator of the Master in Judiciary Law at the University Jean Piaget (Luanda, Angola). He is the author (and co-author) of several texts on European Law, Competition Law and Consumer Credit Law, and he also lectures frequently on the same topics in Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

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