This book presents a critical legal perspective on the current direction of EU food regulation. Analysing three regulatory mechanisms - mutual recognition, scientific risk regulation and standardisation - in the evolution of food legislation in the EU, the book shows the inadequacy of the current framework in facing the challenges of enlargement. Using the particular experience of a new member state, Poland, the book argues that an enlarged Europe must not disregard diverse socio-economic implications of market regulation. Due to historical legacies and a bias in favour of homogeneity, the EU food regulatory regime has generated a one-dimensional crisis-oriented approach. As a result, it tends to overlook other legitimate concerns such as quality, diversity and local traditions. This book argues that this need not be so.
Karolina Zurek, PhD (2010) in Law, European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Currently senior researcher in law at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) she specialises in risk regulation, regulatory transition and social implications of market regulation.
Those interested in the EU market regulation, its socio-economic implications, challenges of enlargement for the EU and its member states, transnational risk regulation, food regulation as well as international trade.