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‘The European Union Court of Justice is more relevant for the advance of the EU political unity than the Commission and the Parliament’ - Discuss

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  1. Introduction
  2. The powers of the courts
  3. The ECJ and The power given by the Treaty of Rome
  4. The role of the Court in the advancement of political unity
  5. The limited powers of the ECJ
    1. Lack of a general competence to control every legislation
    2. The power of the court: An indirect influence
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Its political role has being a big issue between the main theoricians of the European Union. The place of the European Parliament and the Commission in the process toward political unity is more obvious. The Commission, as the institution who has the power of initiative, can play a large role in every step toward the political unity, while, The European Parliament, even if it can be seen as powerless, is the institution where real political debates can take place. That is why, it is more important to concentrate on the original place of the Court in the process of political unity. We have to understand why some people think that it is more relevant for advance of the EU political unity than the others suprational institutions.
The powers of the Courts are unique. It is clearly more powerful than other international courts, as the European Court of Human Rights or the International Court of Justice, or even than most of national courts. It has had a very important position in the European integration due to the fact that the Union is built under the rule of law. Nevertheless, the EU political unity cannot be realized only by an extensive application of the treaties as the court did.

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