V1.230D Subsidiarity

The principle of subsidiarity is set out in article 5 of the Treaty on European Union1:

“The use of Union competences is governed by the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality…Under the principle of subsidiarity, in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only if and in so far as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, either at central level or at regional and local level, but can rather, by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action, be better achieved at Union level.

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