EUROPEAN POLITEIA 2018
This issue of the European Politeia, dedicated on the theme “Ten Years since the Lisbon Treaty”, aims to host views on the way towards the European integration that the Lisbon Treaty opened or closed during the ten years of its force, as well as on its future prospects.
In the Theoria part of this issue, the first article by Constantine Stephanou, Professor Emeritus at the Panteion University of Athens, initiates the debate by analyzing how institutional reforms aimed at enhancing input legitimacy and democratic contestation have led to the emergence of political forces, which are hostile to the European project and its institutional underpinnings, while the capacity of the EU and governing elites to deal effectively with the current challenges, whether internal or external, is put into question by both opponents and supporters of the European project. On another topic, Apostolos Samaras, PhD candidate, writes about “The Malaise of Liberal Democracy in the EU: Heading for the ‘Point of No Return’?”, examining the current problems of liberal democracy in the EU and arguing that democratic political leaderships have a duty to cooperate so that Europe returns to the path of reason. Picking up the torch, Georgia Kelepouri, PhD candidate, explores how the rule of law principle is recently employed in the courtrooms of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The recent cases “ASJP”, “LM”, “Achmea” and “Commission v. Poland” are presented and analyzed as examples of how the Court endeavors to be involved in the rule of law crisis and wishes to be considered as an ultimate resort against illiberal concerns. Dimitrios Avouris Kalamas, PhD candidate, presents the question of whether we can consider fiscal federalism as the appropriate framework for the implementation of the principle of subsidiarity and proximity in Greece, as initially reflected in the Maastricht Treaty and reinforced by the Lisbon Agreement with the addition of the subnational dimension. Konstantina Georgaki, Attorney-at-Law, LL.M., illuminates the “EU’s Competence over Cross-Border Investment in the Post-Lisbon Era”. She addresses how the Lisbon Treaty placed Foreign Direct Investment within the broadened framework of the Common Commercial Policy under Article 207(1) TFEU, thus introducing the EU’s exclusive competence thereon. She also focuses on how another type of (non-direct) investment, namely portfolio investment, is to be regulated, as well as on whether the EU’s competence under Article 207(1) TFEU extends to cover both extra-EU and intra-EU direct investment. This section of the issue is concluded with the essay of Vasileios Kottas, LL.B candidate, who deals in his essay with the citizens’ involvement in the policy-making process, which has always been an important issue for the European Union. He analyzes how the values of the European Union, particularly following the Lisbon Treaty revision, are in favor of the citizens’ democratic contribution, and thus he focuses on the European Citizens’ Initiative mechanism regulated by Regulation 211/2011. In his essay he presents and evaluates the European Commission’s proposal submitted in 2017 concerning the revision of this Regulation, as well as the European Parliament’s and the Council’s positions.
In the Praxis section of this issue a series of judgments is presented and commented on by distinguished members of the judiciary. In “Removal of the Mufti and the Deputy Mufti from their Posts due to Irrevocable Criminal Conviction for Specific Offences. An Administrative Measure Taken on the Grounds of Public Interest - Judgement 869/2018 of the Plenary of the Council of State (Greek Supreme Administrative Court)”, Nikolaos Vagionakis, Assistant Judge at the Greek Council of State, highlights the importance of the judgment and comments on its most interesting findings. Maître des requêtes at the Greek Council of State, Zoi Theodorikakou, presents her analysis titled “Les zones résidentielles et la procédure d’élaboration des cartes forestières: Arrêt 685/2019 du Conseil d’Etat hellénique (Assemblée Plénière)” and analyzes this interesting judgment concerning the elaboration of the forest charts and the regulation of the residential zones. In his article titled “Silence is Not Always Golden: The Consent of the Judge as a Prerequisite for the Promotion to the Top-rank Posts of the Judiciary and the Meaning of Such Consent under the Constitution - Greek Council of State Judgment 435/2019 in Plenary Session”, Assistant Judge at the Greek Council of State, Alexandros Katsiotis, further explores how the Greek Supreme Administrative Court addressed some major issues regarding the conditions of admissibility and the limits of judicial review in case of an act of promotion to a top-rank post of the judiciary being challenged by the person who has been promoted. Last but certainly not least, Stavroula Ktistaki, Judge at the Greek Council of State and Professor at the Panteion University of Athens, presents and comments on the very important judgment 535/2019 rendered by the Greek Council of State on a very important matter in her article titled “Note sous l’arrêt du Conseil d’Etat Hellénique 535/2019: L’autorisation réglementée d’ouverture des magasins le dimanche ou la suppression du repos dominical?”.
Finally, in the Theasis section, two articles are featured with educated views on interesting and current themes written by Xénophon Yataganas, ex Legal Advisor in the European Commission. In the first, the author shares valuable personal knowledge and presents certain unknown and quite revealing aspects of the “Macedonia”, “Cyprus”, and “Greek-Turkish relations” files, while in the second he addresses the role of the German hegemony in the future of Europe.
Nikolaos Vagionakis, Removal of the Mufti and the Deputy Mufti from their Posts due to Irrevocable Criminal Conviction for Specific Offences. An Administrative Measure Taken on the Grounds of Public Interest - Judgement 869/2018 of the Plenary of the Council of State (Greek Supreme Administrative Court) [IN ENGLISH]
Alexandros Katsiotis, Silence is Not Always Golden: The Consent of the Judge as a Prerequisite for the Promotion to the Top-rank Posts of the Judiciary and the Meaning of such Consent under the Constitution - Greek Council of State Judgment 435/2019 in Plenary Session [IN ENGLISH]