Constitutional Change through Euro Crisis Law
EUI Law Department Project (2013-2015)

This project is a study of the impact of Euro Crisis Law (by which we mean the legal instruments adopted at European or international level in reaction to the Eurozone crisis) on the national legal and constitutional structures of the 28 Member States of the European Union. The study has the following objectives:

  • To provide an open-access research tool, based on a set of reports for each Member State, that constitutes an excellent basis for further, especially comparative, studies of the legal status and implementation of Euro Crisis Law at national level, the interactions between national legal systems and Euro Crisis law and the constitutional challenges that have been faced;
  • To investigate the impact of Euro Crisis Law on the constitutional balance of powers at national level;
  • To highlight the effects of Euro Crisis Law on the protection of fundamental and social rights at national level;
  • To provide an overview of Euro Crisis Law literature and a collection of relevant official documents in the Member States;
  • To provide insights about the constitutional implications of the banking Union at domestic level.

Recent scholarly debate on Euro Crisis Law is mainly focused on the European legal dimension, and on normative issues of democratic legitimacy, legality, and the balance between austerity and growth policies. Contributions do also exist on the impact of Euro Crisis Law on specific national constitutional orders, but a comprehensive study is so far lacking. The current project intends to fill this gap.

The project is based at the EUI Law Department and is funded by the EUI Research Council (2013-2015). The reports are based on a detailed questionnaire and on a wider range of sources, including minutes of parliamentary debates, national laws ratifying and implementing Euro Crisis Law, case law of national constitutional or supreme courts.