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Legal Status of the Individual in the Process of European Integration

Valentina Colcelli

UE introduces or amends laws ordering them on status of whom the law's addressed to.Under EU law the individuals are defined by virtue of their activities and they are regarded as being of direct interest to EU law: without reference to any connection they may have with any other specific individual; they may benefit in some measure from EU law because of relationship they enjoy with another person. EU law impacts on traditional status (i.e. status of parent/child, workers' family members etc.). It also creates new status connected with economic rules, market organisation and free circulation (f.i. status of consumer,. etc.). Also EU gives a new dignity to no traditional status (i.e. status of partner homosexual or common law husband/mother) promoting as family member in some Member States (i.e. Italy).At the moment the EU legal system does not have a composite reflection on how the EU law impacts person and how it is able to change traditional categories of individual status.Paper analysis relations between EU institutional settings and individuals in view of the EU Law integration process. It will provide answers to the following research questions: has the process of EU integration changed the juridical traditional definition of individual status? Has the legal status concept a new function? Which role has been played by EU Law on a new modern function of individual status? Under EU Law, is it possible to build a unitary definition of status of person out and over the Member states legal system?

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