Well-knowing the resistance of the Romanian post-communist political-administrative system manifested against any tendency of decentralisation, it would be difficult to believe that the issue of decentralisation of the regions or of the principle of subsidiarity were ever among the concerns of the Romanian politicians and opinion leaders.
Because these provisions didn't produce real effects, we dare to affirm that during communist Romania the concept of subsidiarity was completely unknown by the large public and never studied or used in the public discourse.
TheOxford English Dictionary defines subsidiarity as the idea that a central authority should have a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or local level.
The word subsidiarity is derived from theLatin word "subsidiaries"and has its origin in Catholic social teaching.
Chaired by the European Commission's First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and "Doing Less More Efficiently " will begin work on 1 January next year and set out recommendations to better apply the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality; to better involve regional and local authorities in EU policy-making and delivery; and identify policy areas where work could be re-delegated or returned to Member States.
To ensure subsidiary is respected when enacting EU law, the CoR set up the Subsidiarity Monitoring Network , which includes a large number of regional and national parliaments of the European Union.
We begin by outlining the rise of international authority and situating subsidiarity among alternative principles that might guide the allocation of powers between different levels of governance (part II).
Yet even though subsidiarity may not provide all the answers to the challenge of allocating powers in global governance, it represents a useful starting point.
In that scheme, he said, "the ethic that pertains to the unity of the body is called solidarity The ethic that pertains to the role of the parts is subsidiarity
And the good of the whole by which solidarity and subsidiarity
are measured is called, in Catholic social teaching, the 'common good.
Thus the book provides not only an insight into the practical dimensions of the Catholic concept of subsidiarity
, but also a vision of governance that carries us beyond the false choice of self-help or reliance on government.
It's true that subsidiarity
properly looks askance at an overdetermining role of government.
The combination of both solidarity and subsidiarity
is the core of Catholic social teaching.
The Commonwealth Local Government Forum held in Scotland, March 2005 established the Aberdeen Agenda that included subsidiarity
among the principles on good practice for local democracy and good governance.
But he added: "It was only on December 1 last year, with the Act coming into force that national Parliaments were granted the right to give in a reasoned opinion their view that a particular proposal for EU legislation did not comply with the principle of subsidiarity
Federalism and Subsidiarity
as Principles of Government