1 1Adrienne J.C. de Moor-van Vugt is an assistent professor at the Tilburg University. Her research focusses on law enforcement by way of administrative sanctions in Dutch and European administrative law. This article is an adaptation
of the summary of the author's thesis: MATEN EN GEWICHTEN, HET EVENREDIGHEIDSBEGINSEL IN EUROPEES PERSPECTIEF. (Zwolle: Tjeenk Willink, 1995).
In Dutch legalpractice the principle of proportionalityisapplied verymuchsimilar to the conceptdeveloped inGerman and Community law.It isthis concept that forms the basis for Sect. 3:4 of the General AdministrativeLawAct (GALA). This concepthas until recentlybeen concealed behind other general principles of administrativelaw.Amoreexplicite application of proportionality as a concept for a correct balancing ofinterestswould be clarifying.Furthermore, it isadvisable forDutchadministrative courts to apply the concept of proportionality asdeveloped in EC law, inthelightof theincreasing importanceofEClaw andits implicationsfornational law.One of themost importantadministrative courtsinthe Netherlandshowever has rejecteda full proportionality test after the example of theEC,on the basis of anarrow interpretationof Sect. 3:4 GALA.