Frank S Benyon (ed), Services and the EU Citizen (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2013) £55
The most recent volume in Hart Publishing’s Modern Studies in European Law series is a collection of essays edited by Frank S Benyon. Drawing on a series of workshops held at the European University Institute in 2010, its chapters cover a broad range of services regulated under EU law – from Electronic Communications and Broadcasting to Health Care and Transport. The overall goal of the project is an interesting one: to consider the potential interaction of two key topics in EU law – the notion of Union citizenship (Art 20 TFEU), and consumer protection (notably in Art 114(3) TFEU). As the editor puts it in his introduction, might ‘consumer advantages [...] not be seen as forming a constituent part of the rights of the EU citizen’?
In keeping with the theme of my recent posts here at EUtopiaLaw, this review focuses on the two substantive chapters dedicated to transportation and travel law, as well as the final chapter, in which the editor draws together the findings of the workshop series. This is a particularly difficult area in which to explore the theme of citizenship: travel is, by definition, not limited to EU citizens: the European Union sees just over a third of worldwide air passenger traffic pass through its airports each year. In drawing a similar conclusion in the final chapter, Frank S Benyon nonetheless makes the crucial point that consumer protection in the field of services is amongst the most directly relevant EU achievements for individual citizens. Continue reading