Centros and the Internal Market
22 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019
Date Written: July 30, 2019
How special is Centros? This contribution places Centros in internal market law. It starts by turning the judgment on its head and imagines an alternative Centros: the judgment that the Danish authorities had wished for and which the Court declined to hand down. The aim of this exercise in legal fiction is to show that the Court could have decided Centros in another way. The choices underpinning Centros are then contrasted with other internal market cases to conclude that both the real Centros and the alternative Centros are in some ways aligned with the free movement case law. It is argued that Saydé’s analysis of abuse best helps to make sense of this confusing state of play. The article ends with suggestions for further research: taking the cost dimension into account in a behavioural perspective could shed light on the allocation of regulatory powers between home state and host state.
Keywords: EU law, Corporate mobility, internal market, freedom of establishment, abuse of law, centre of gravity, genuine link, allocation of regulatory powers
JEL Classification: K20, K40
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