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Protecting European Citizens and Market Participants

The research programme Protecting European Citizens and Market Participants (PECMP) addresses the question to what extent the developments in European law afford or improve the protection of European citizens and market participants in the Member States of the European Union and other European international organizations. It addresses key legal aspects of European integration and its implications for the legal orders affected by it. The programme brings together researchers primarily focused on European law and researchers from various branches of national and international law who are interested in the interface between European law and the national and international legal order.

The theme of the programme is diverse, in that activities in many sub-disciplines of law fall within its remit. At the same time, it focuses on the rights of natural and legal persons in their dealings with public authorities, whether at European, national, regional, or local level, and with each other. Thus, it embraces matters as diverse as rights of free movement; consumer protection; climate and environmental protection; competition and procurement; privacy and data protection including in a digital context; shareholders’ rights; employment and labour; tax; security; citizenship, and the protection of fundamental rights more generally.

The programme has a multi-level and comparative approach and studies questions of legal protection in the context of national and international developments. It thus links legal protection to questions of law-making, implementation, and enforcement in domestic, European and international legal systems as well as across borders.

The focus on the protection of citizens and other market participants is approached from three perspectives:

  1. Questions of legal protection flowing from the aims and functioning of the European Union itself, including its relations with third countries and international organizations, and the interaction between the various legal systems.
  2. Questions of legal protection flowing from the effects of European legal instruments and policies on the legal systems of the various Member States, particularly where European law is the ally of the citizen against the power of the Member States.
  3. Questions of legal protection flowing from managing present and future transitions in society and the economy as a whole, and in the face of fundamental market transitions and societal challenges.

Last modified:14 May 2020 11.16 a.m.