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Parution : 07/2020
Editeur : Palgrave
ISBN : 978-3-0304-5226-1
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The Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law

Sous la direction de Dacian C. Dragos, Polonca Kovač, Hanna D. Tolsma


This book examines administrative silence in a comparative manner in the EU law and 13 jurisdictions from Europe. Administrative silence is an issue that lies at the intersection of legal and managerial aspects of public administration, a concept that is both reflecting and testing the principles of legal certainty, legality, good administration, legitimate expectations, and effectiveness. Inactivity or excessive length of proceedings appears to be of interest for comparisons, particularly in the context of the recent attempts to develop European convergence models. The book offers in-depth insights into legal regulation, theory, case law and practice regarding positive and negative legal fictions in the selected European jurisdictions.


Dacian C. Dragos is Jean Monnet Professor of Administrative and European Law and Co-director of the Center for Good Governance Studies at the Babes Bolyai University, Romania.

Polonca Kovač is Professor of Administrative Law and Public Administration at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Hanna D. Tolsma is Assistant Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.



Table of contents

Polonca Kovač, Hanna D. Tolsma, Dacian C. Dragos, In Search of an Effective Model: A Comparative Outlook on Administrative Silence in Europe, pp. 3-29

Natassa Athanasiadou and Mariolina Eliantonio, Silence of the EU Authorities: The Legal Consequences of Inaction by the EU Administration, pp. 33-63

Bettina Engewald, Administrative Silence in Germany, pp. 67-106

Emilie Chevalier, Silence in the French Administrative System: A Failed Revolution?, pp. 107-145

Bengt Verbeeck, Ivo Carlens, Jurgen Neuts, and Ludo M. Veny, Legal Instruments to Confront Administrative Inaction in Belgium: A Gift for the Citizen but a Curse for the Government?, pp. 147-178

Kars J. Graaf, Nicole G. Hoogstra, and Albert T. Marseille, Remedies Against Administrative Silence in the Netherlands, pp 179-212

Anna Simonati, Administrative Silence in Italy, Between (Desired) Simplification and (Practical) Complication, pp. 213-240

Patricia Valcárcel Fernández, Rafael Fernández Acevedo, and Sara Sistero Ródenas, The Sound of Silence in Spain, pp. 241-278

Miguel Assis Raimundo, João Tiago Silveira, Tiago Fidalgo de Freitas, an Gonçalo De Andrade Fabião, Administrative Silence in Portugal, pp. 279-307

Tina Sever, Polonca Kovač, and Mirko Pečarič, Legal and Administrative Challenges of Administrative Silence in Slovenia, pp. 311-340

Marko Šikić, Annamaria Musa, and Bosiljka Britvić Vetma, Administrative Silence in Croatia: Between Fiction and Reality, pp. 341-370

Vuk Cucić, The Privilege of Silence in Serbian Administrative Law, pp. 371-398

Dacian C. Dragos, Bogdana Neamtu, and Bianca Radu, Using Legal Fictions to Deal with Administrative Silence: The Case of Romania, pp. 399-432

Agata Jurkowska-Gomułka, Kamilla Kurczewska, Katarzyna Kurzępa-Dedo, and Dawid Szesciło, Administrative Silence: A Polish Perspective, pp. 433-457

Vidmantė Giedraitytė, Agnė Andrijauskaitė, and Mantas Bileišis, Administrative Silence in Lithuania: Case Law and Data from the Administrative Oversight Institutions, pp. 459-492

497 pages.  114,39 €

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